Health Benefits of Walking

When it comes to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, nothing beats the health benefits of walking.

Whether it’s long distance fitness walking or a casual stroll with your lover, science has proven what we all know intuitively… Walking makes us feel good, both mentally and physically. walking on the Deschutes River Trail in Bend Oregon

Just put one foot in front of the other and you’ll burn calories, loosen stiff joints, strengthen muscles, trigger creative thinking and stimulate endorphins in the brain that, literally, make you feel good.

Charles Dickens said “Walk to be healthy, walk to be happy.” Hippocrates said, “Walking is a man’s best medicine.”

Many of the greatest inventors and innovators in history touted the health benefits of walking…

Charles Darwin had a quarter-mile walking path on his property. Tchaikovasky walked two hours every day to stimulate creativity. Soren Kierkegaard once said, “I have walked myself into my best thoughts.”

Health benefits of walking: The latest brain research confirms that walking outside actually boosts creativity.

“We’re using cutting edge technology to confirm what people have been writing about for 200 years,” said Neuroscientist David Strayer. “If you talked to Thoreau or John Muir, they’d say, “no kidding!”

Walking outdoors rests the frontal cortex of the brain that tends to be overstimulated in our hyper-connected world. “When you let the prefrontal cortex rest, all of a sudden flashes of insight come to you,” Stray said. “It supports creativity, positive well-being and reduces stress.”

According to Harvard University, the health benefits of moderate, low intensity exercise such as walking is excellent for your health.

health benefits of walkingAccording to the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Elevate your mood.
  • Improve your balance and coordination.

The American Heart Association states that walking can reduce the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. It can also alleviate high blood pressure and improve blood sugar levels.

Click here to read our blog post on the health benefits of walking.

Why Buy Shoes Online?

I hate shoe shopping. And I don’t think I’m the only person who feels that way.

For me, shopping for walking shoes is especially painful, thanks to my odd-shaped feet and a small selection of choices in my home town.

Good Pair Of makes shopping easier with an extensive collection of walking shoes for men and easy checkout through Amazon.

If you’re tired of driving all over town trying on shoes, this is the solution. Just order several pairs through our Amazon links, and return the ones that don’t fit. If you’re one of the 100 million Amazon Prime members in this country, you’ll even get free shipping both directions.

No rush. No pressure. No sales clerks. No driving around. You can take as much time as you need to determine the perfect fit. (Just make sure you don’t wear them outdoors)

If you have wide feet, like mine, there’s a post on the best walking shoes for wide feet. We also have shoes for people who have foot issues, such as plantar fasciitis or flat feet.