They say walking is good for health.

But even above article sometimes mentiones brisk walking. So I am confused.

Is normal walking, e.g. with normal speed how you would say walk in the street, also considered beneficial? Or I should do the faster variant (brisk walking) for it to be beneficial?

Also if I do brisk walking at home by standing on same place, is it also beneficial?

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Moving more is always worth it if you can. If all you can manage is normal walking, then do that. If you can walk briskly, do that too. If you can work out vigorously, do that too.

How much "sub-brisk" walking will help you depends who you are.

For people who are recovering from major surgery or a rough birth, or who have another condition like morbidly obesity, walking might be challenging or even a maximal effort. And remember, anything is better than bed rest! So if for whatever reason you can't do more exercise right now, then walk and be proud.

For an elite endurance athlete, walking will probably have marginal benefits. For an elite superheavyweight powerlifter, even slow walking might be good active recovery or even cardio.

But for most of us, walking at a sub-brisk pace has marginal health effects. It's good for us but not tremendously so. The health benefits we want come from more intense efforts. The easiest among those is walking fast, but you have to actually walk quite fast, and even that isn't what a reasonable person would call the minimum necessary for health.

Walking is good, even if it's not brisk. But we shouldn't overstate its benefits.

  • what about brisk walking at home like in the link of the bottom of the question?
    – user35021
    Mar 25, 2021 at 11:02
  • What do you think? Mar 25, 2021 at 12:32
  • I have no idea, logically it could be yes because you are moving still, but I am not sure. So?
    – user35025
    Mar 25, 2021 at 14:23
  • I think you have it right. Some movement is good. More is better, more intense is better. Everything counts. (I stole that from Yoni Freedhof: weightymatters.ca/2015/07/… ) Mar 25, 2021 at 16:30

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