Albert Einstein, Leo Tolstoy, John Howard – what do they all have in common?
They’re famous for their love of walking. Whether it’s to start the day, for general fitness or to clear one’s mind, walking has been a favourite activity for humans for thousands of years.
So, what are some of the key benefits of walking? And what kind of shoes suit best for a regular walking routine? Here, we let the experts at Forbes Footwear explain:
The benefits of walking
Walking has been proven to have several physical and mental benefits. Some of the main advantages of walking on your health include:
Improved cardiovascular health
Walking can improve your cardiovascular health, reducing your chance of heart disease and other heart issues.
Reduced body fat
Walking is an easy, low-intensity way to reduce body fat. Studies show that walking 30 minutes a day can burn sufficient calories to reduce body fat.
Strengthening bones and muscles
Walking increases bone and muscle strength, too. The farther and more frequently you walk, the more bone and muscle strength you’ll gain, particularly in your legs and back.
Improve your mood, cognition, memory and sleep
There’s a reason why so many of us go for a walk when we need to clear our mind. Walking has positive mental health effects like improved mood, cognitive memory and even sleep.
Choosing the right walking shoes
However, these benefits of walking can only be gained with appropriate footwear. Regular walking in the wrong footwear can lead to foot problems like heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and other complications. Here’s how to avoid problems like these and choose the correct footwear for a walking routine:
Get a professional fitting
Visiting Forbes Footwear and asking for a professional walking shoe fitting guarantees you’ll come away with a perfect-fitting shoe. The team is trained in correct foot measurement so that you can walk in comfort, any day of the week.
Go with how they feel, not how they look
Make sure you’re choosing a walking shoe based on how they feel, rather than how they look. Style is important too, but comfort is next to none.
Choose a retailer with huge variety
There’s no better way to choose the right shoe than to try several different models. Forbes Footwear have a large range of walking shoes and can help you make the right choice.
For a free professional fitting, come in and see the team at Forbes Footwear. They’re Sydney’s specialists in high-quality shoes for walking, ensuring the perfect fit so that you can buy with confidence. Since 1940, they’ve been Sydney’s finest team in shoe retail. The Forbes philosophy is simple: deliver quality products at fair prices and keep customers happy as can be. Browse the range online today, or visit their Hornsby location.