The other day, during my trip in Sri Lanka, I decided to head out for a walk. Nothing strenuous or fancy, just a simple casual walk. Except I wore my heart rate monitor to record some statistics. Any cardio is good cardio, and you should never underestimate the most simple of them all: walking. So just how effective is walking for cardio?
The walk (in photo form)
Let’s take a virtual journey through my walk, in photo form. Here we go:
Encountered a friend along the way. It was afraid of me though; did it know what I was up to?
I didn’t treat this walk as a walking-workout; instead I just walked very casually, without the intent of “exercising.” I glanced at the stats mid-walk:
Check it out, a small gym in the local town. Looks like it was sweltering with heat up there.
And then I continued to walk through town, under the hot sun, exploring the area. But I’ll keep this virtual photo journey to a minimum; I eventually turned around and started heading back.
From the time I hit the start button to the time I stopped my HR monitor, I logged almost one and a half hours of walking. Here are the stats:
Duration:Â 1hr 19min 52sec
Average HR:Â 48% of max
Max HR reached:Â 58% of max
If you were ever curious about how effective walking is, then these numbers will help quantify it for you. The statistician in me loves looking at numbers, so this was extremely fun for me. It even is a form of motivation to do more cardio–I found the walk more fun because I knew I was collecting some data for this article, and couldn’t wait to see the numbers. Cheesy, huh?
In conclusion, walking is good. Do it! When you have the option of walking to your destination, choose it. It’s a form of functional fitness where you kill two birds with one stone (transport from point A to B, and cardio).
This has given me an idea. I will compare the HR stats on a single commute via three different methods of transportation: bus, bicycle, and walking. I think it’ll be interesting to put those numbers side by side for comparison. Stay tuned…
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