Hey everyone! So my first two days as a dietetic intern have been great! This week is just orientation, but I can already tell it’s going to be an exciting (but busy) year. I’ll give you a more in depth update soon, but today I want to talk a bit about one of my favourite forms of exercise: walking.
As I’ve mentioned on here before, in the past year I’ve started walking a lot more as a form of exercise. With my knee pain and low energy from anemia, I just haven’t been able to run or do as much intense activity as I used to.
It was frustrating at first, but I’ve come to love walking. And I like that I can tailor it to the intensity of workout I want. If I just want something easy, I can just take an hour long stroll around my neighbourhood at a slower pace. Or, if I want to sweat, I like to crank up the incline on the treadmill and power walk.
I used to overlook walking as a workout because it didn’t seem tough enough, so I was surprised at how sweaty a good incline power walk can leave me! And even lower intensity walking is beneficial. Research shows that walking:
- Is associated with a reduction in cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack (Source)
- Increases HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol (Source)
- Helps decrease feelings of tension and anxiety (Source)
- Lowers blood pressure (Source)
- Improves glucose tolerance (Source)
- Aids in long-term weight maintenance (Source)
Not too shabby right?
But just like other forms of physical activity, comfortable shoes are key. There’s nothing worse than sore feet from walking around in flimsy flip flips!
Recently Skechers offered to send me a pair of their GOwalk shoes to try out and review. These shoes are designed to be worn between workouts to give your feet a break, as their non-restrictive design allows your feet stretch and assume their natural mechanics. I’ve always had a hard time finding comfortable flats, so I was curious to try them out.
I’ve been wearing them for light walks and errands all summer, and I find them really comfortable! They are so lightweight and the cushioning feels great on my feet. However, I’ve avoided wearing them for longer walks because I’m not sure if they provide the support my foot needs for longer bouts of physical activity.
Some other features of these shoes:
- GOimpuse sensors to provide sensory feedback to the brain to create a more natural stride
- Synthetic flexible paneling to provide flexibility and a breathable shoe
- OrthoLite antimicrobial sockliner to inhibit odor and prevent slippage
- Resalyte midsole to provide impact absorption and reduce pressure on ankle and knee joints
Although the design isn’t as fashionable as I would like, the comfort factor wins and I will definitely continue to wear them. Thank you to Skechers for the opportunity to review these shoes!
Note: I was provided these shoes free of charge to review, however I was provided with no other compensation. All opinions in this post are my own.
Do you enjoy walking as a workout?
What are your favourite walking shoes?