Nutrition FAQ #3 – Is Walking the Best Exercise?

By Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT

As a registered, licensed dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, I have gotten a lot of questions over the years and there’s a good chance that you may be curious about some of these as well. In this ten-part series, I’ll address the questions I have received the most over my almost 30 years in the field of nutrition and wellness.

It is the best exercise for the masses because it is easy to do and you don’t need any special equipment. Walking for exercise burns calories and helps improve balance. To get the calorie burn you want from exercise, aim to walk a 15-to-20-minute mile. As with any other exercise, a warm up and cool down can go a long way to making it a better experience. Do some dynamic stretching by marching in place, doing butt kicks, or get your Rockettes’ high kicks going before starting. After you walk, be sure to slow it down for a few minutes and consider adding in some static stretches like touching your toes, downward dog, and standing quad stretches.

Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT
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