Is walking good aerobic exercise?

Diana K. Blythe, MD

Walking can be great aerobic exercise. If you make sure to maintain a brisk enough pace to breathe a little harder than normal and feel a light sweat, you are doing aerobic exercise. 

In addition, walking is not a high impact exercise and you should be able to walk as your exercise even as age makes other activities more difficult. All you need is a pair of exercise shoes and a positive attitude.

Walking is one of the most basic forms of exercise that almost everyone can complete.  Your joints and muscles are built to function and keep your body moving, hence allowing you to walk.  As people age, muscular strength decreases and exercises such as walking are a great way to help reverse the decline.  In addition, walking helps circulate blood through the body and will help decrease inflamation around the area of the joint.  Be sure when walking to walk at a pace that is comfortable for you and your body to receive all the benefits walking has to offer!
Dr. Mike Clark, DPT
Waling is a great exercise. Strive to get 10,000 steps/day. Try to add interval walking into your routine where you alternate between normal, medium and fast walking for 20 minutes.

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