Walking – gentle endurance sport

Those who want to support and improve their health, physical condition and fitness have various options. Endurance sport walking is suitable for almost all people, including those with physical problems and impairments of various kinds.

Walking in history

As early as 1682, a five-hour walking competition was held in London. About the 18. and Throughout the 19th century, fast walking remained a popular spectator sport in Great Britain. This tradition left in the 20th century, but the sport became an Olympic discipline in 1952. End of the 20th century, recreational walkers increased more and more, first in the U.S., until it came to Germany around the turn of the millennium. Nordic walking, fast walking with poles, became even more popular.

Good for the whole body

The sport has many positive effects for the body. It trains the muscles and endurance and protects the joints. It also stimulates digestion, metabolism and oxygen exchange in the blood. In addition, walking has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and provides more balance and relaxation in everyday life. As a rule, it can be performed without problems by older people or people with tendon damage or respiratory diseases.

Compared to other endurance sports, slightly fewer calories are burned; for 30 minutes of walking, the calorie consumption amounts to about 230 kcal. Jogging, on the other hand, requires about 430 kcal, and swimming about 300 kcal.

Integration of the training into everyday life

If you want to start walking, you don’t have to do a lot of preparation. Even people with little condition and a lot of weight can start immediately. In doing so, they can start at a speed that is comfortable for them. Quickly they will notice the progress and can gradually increase the load.

Walking as a health sport

Walking is an effective and healthy endurance sport that almost everyone can do without any problems. In doing so, the individual has full control over the load. The key advantage to jogging is that it puts far less strain on tendons and joints. An initial training duration of about 30 minutes two to three times a week is recommended. This workload can be gradually increased to about 45-60 minutes four to five times a week.

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