"Research shows that exercise does not play a large role in weight loss but does contribute significantly to weight maintenance," explained Harris-Pincus, and Dr. Huether agreed. Walk because it's good for your physical and emotional health, not only for the purpose of weight loss.
While you may be walking daily to lose weight, Orlena Kerek, MD, wants to remind you that walking has tons of other benefits that will hopefully inspire you to stick with this daily habit. "Walking is good for your bones, muscles, heart, lungs, and mind," she said.
"Increased exposure to nature has been shown to have positive effects on mental health," added Dr. Huether. Getting outside can instantly lift your mood, and it's a great way to relieve stress or cope with other emotions. It also allows you to get some much-needed alone time to think, meditate, or catch up on a podcast or audiobook.
Walking is free, you can do it just about anywhere and every day, and it's low-impact, so it's great if you have an injury, or you don't feel like doing an intense workout. Walking is also something fun you can do with friends or family, and best of all, research shows walking may help adults live longer.