At some point in your athletic career, you have probably been asked to walk for long distances, but the idea seemed baseless and of little value to your career as compared to other routine workouts. Often this is terrible advice to most athletes, but the truth is that long distance walking has an incredible amount of benefits that we tend to overlook because walking seems to be easy.
For athletes, walking might not sound like the most intense type of activity. And it’s not meant to increase sports performance. But getting up and walking around throughout the day can counteract the adverse effects of sitting and enhance your performance in the field or track.
In this articles, I am going to give detailed information on reasons why long distance walking is essential in your athletic career.
Benefits of Long Distance Walking
Leg endurance is one of the best physical nature that any athlete should poses. Whether you are a cross country runner, sprinting master, swimmer, baseball or football player, you will be able to benefit a lot from leg endurance.
Constant workouts on your legs will push your lactate threshold, and I do not doubt that this will enhance your performance. Any athlete should be able to complete a 400m lunging before embarking on a long distance walk. This will build up your working capacity and take your endurance capability to another level.
Like any other fitting exercises, doing long distance walking comes with the benefit of increasing strength in your muscles. This is something I have personally experienced as well as my training group members.
Think about the connective tissues around your knee for instance. Walking on a regular basis will be able to make these connective tissues rock solid which in turn will provide you with a steady ability to balance during athletic events.
Last but not least, long distance walking will prevent you from injuries that are commonly associated with several sporting activities strengthening your body muscles especially the legs.
Reduces Weight Loss
As a long life athlete who has marveled in many sporting scenes, maintaining your body weight at certain levels is an essential tool for success. With that being said, walking is a perfect exercise that can help you reach your fitness and weight loss goals.
It helps burn excess calories in the body that are responsible for increased weight, that in some cases leads to obesity, something that has seen a few athletes retire from the sport at an early age.
For people with ankle, knee, and back problems, walking is suggested to be the best work out over running as it is a low impact exercise that can be done over a long time without straining.
Reduces Stroke In Men And Women
Past studies carried on individuals that walk over a long distance has supported this notion that walking reduces the probability of stroke attacks in both women and men.
A study that was recently published in the British journal of sports medicine showed that those who focused much in their walking program showed significant improvements in blood pressure, reduced body fats, and weight, slowing of resting heart rate and improved depression scores that are commonly associated with stroke attacks.
Walking Prevents Coronary Heart Diseases
According to World Health Organization, over 400,000 people die annually due to heart-related diseases. At this point it is advisable that people should look for ways to avoid experiencing things like high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes, and stroke.
The pharmaceutical industries have fast-tracked their efforts to market their fast medical fixes, but routine long distance walking is an incredible and more efficient way of combating such conditions over a long term.
Walking improves circulatory blood flow and if you carry out long-distance walking, may even promote capillary blood growth which translates to much blood getting into your muscles, organs, and brain to prevent conditions that cause massive heart attacks.
Walking Reduces Premature Deaths
And if that isn’t enough proof that walking is good for your health, an eight-year study of 13,000 people found that those who walked 30 minutes a day had a significantly lower risk of premature death than those who rarely exercised.
This because walking prevents the build of calories that block blood vessels supplying blood to the heart hence preventing fatal heart attacks in athletes.
The bottom line is that each person should be responsible for his/her healthy living whether you are an athlete or not by taking measures that significantly impact a healthy lifestyle.