Walking Is Not Considered Exercise!
Did you know that walking is NOT considered exercise? Many people do not understand this, which is why I made this video to help explain why…enjoy!
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Walking is not considered exercise by ACSM (American College Of Sports Medicine) Guidlines!
The ACSM Guidelines state that the Exercise Minimums to not be labeled as “sedentary” (without exercise) are:
ACSM’s Guidlines – Weekly Exercise Minimums:
Moderate Intensity (40-60% VO2 Max) 30 Min. /Day ≥ 5 Days/Week
Vigorous Intensity (60-85% VO2 Max) 20 Min. /Day ≥ 3 Days/Week
A Combination of These Two
* Williams, L., Wilkins. (2014). ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. American College of Sports Medicine. Ninth Edition. [Text]
Moderate Intensity Exercise: Running, rowing, swimming, hiking, cycling, playing sport at a pace that is it difficult to maintain a conversation.
Vigorous Intensity Exercise: Sprinting, rowing, jumping, swimming, cycling, playing sport at a pace in which you cannot maintain a conversation.
Walking is simply not intense enough to be considered exercise or a “workout” for most healthy individuals.
Walking can be exercise for those first learning to walk or the elderly whom are losing their ability to walk, but for most of the population you need more intensity for it to be considered an exercise routine or workout.
Of course, walking does have some benefits, such as improved blood circulation, increased insulin resistance, and it obviously burns more calories than just sitting around.
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