Singer and fashion designer Jessica Simpson is almost as famous for her incredibly toned legs as she is for her handbags.
So how does the mother of two get her stems in killer shape? It's not through HIIT or tons of weight training. According to her recent Instagram post, it's through tons of walking.
"12,000 Steps ✔ #HappyMonday," she wrote.
Walking has been apart of the singer's fitness regime for a number of a years.
"I walk three miles a day," she previously told People magazine. "Eric [Johnson, her husband] and I love taking the kids out for long walks in the neighborhood. And chasing them around our yard is a workout all its own!"
Walking, something most of us do everyday, might seem too simple or too low-key for those who wish to get fit or lose weight, but it's actually an effective physical activity that can garner results. Simpson's gams are solid proof of that. Here's everything you need to know before you place one foot in front of the other.
Why Walking's So Good for You
Walking is a cardiovascular exercise, meaning it improves your cardiac health and fitness levels, as well as help alleviate depression and fatigue, improves circulation and posture, creates less stress on joints, and the list goes on.
Because walking is low-impact the odds of injury are not only lower but it also means it's an accessible activity that a wide range of people can enjoy. From seniors to those who are recovering from illness, pregnancy, and injuries, like ankle, knee, and back problems, walking is often suggested as an ideal workout over running.
Why Walking Beats Running
While running might be considered a "better" workout by some because it's more physically demanding, research has shown that walking can actually be more effective than running.
In fact, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, found that brisk walking reduces the risk of heart disease more effectively than running. Their six-year study, which used participants from 18-80 years of age, discovered that walking reduced the risk of heart disease by 9.3%, while running reduced it by 4.5%.
And unlike high-impact running, walking is something you can do everyday and for longer periods of time.
How Walking Boosts Your Mood
Not only is walking good for the body, but it's also great for your mind. If you're stuck for an idea and need a moment to think, walking is known to help open up the free flow of ideas, allowing our minds to wander to create those "Eureka!" moments.
Walking is also a popular mood enhancer often prescribed by professionals to help increase positive feelings, aliveness, attentiveness, and self-confidence. Walking in nature is especially known to help those who suffer from depression.
How Walking Helps You Lose Weight
Losing weight while walking is conducive to how much you weigh, how fast you walk, and how healthy your diet is. With that in mind, by adding 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you could burn about an extra 150 calories a day. Walking uphill, or using interval training, for example walking moderately for one minute and walking at a fast clip for another minute, will torch even more calories.
Walking might be a "simple" exercise, but don't write it off. Walking is a fairly easy exercise that, when done consistently, can yield serious results. You don't have to log 12,000 steps a day, either. Even doing a walk around the block in the morning and taking it one step at a time can help create you the body you desire. Simpson's legs prove it.
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