That is a question that I get all the time.
And I say YES it is.
I think walking is very good exercise and a very underestimated one. I believe that the whole reason for it is because of the mentality that to have a great workout you must sweat and even better, vomit.
I am sorry but that’s not the way.
Vomiting, passing out or anything along those lines only creates a negative image of exercise.
Pushing clients or yourself to limits where you are not prepared only creates stress . Psychological stress and bodily stress and that’s not what we want.
Stress raises the hormone cortisol in the body, and that disrupts the hormone balance in the body.
I would say that most of us that live in the big cities need the reverse. We need to calm down, to relax, to meditate, to exercise in the right intensity. Now you know what I am talking about when I talk about the right intensity. It doesn’t translate into the right torture.
This mentality also comes from the 80s where the rule was eat this amount of calories and then burn it doing exercise.
I am sorry to disappoint you but it doesn’t work like that.
Thoughout my career I have seen lots of trainers doing torture sessions…that is so wrong on so many levels. It also shows the lack of respect from the trainer and also the lack of exercise knowledge by him or her.
So how do you know when you are ready to do a run? I would say that only a good trainer would be appropriate to answer this question.
I am very against people doing long runs with no coaching. The rule is balance and correct technique.
I love to run marathons, and like anything it needs proper training. It also needs proper recovery. I would not recommend anyone to run more than 2 marathons in a year.
So check if you are using exercise as a torture and punishment device. Exercise to add value to your life, to be in contact with nature. Don’t exercise to overdo it and never just to burn calories.
My recommendation is to always look for a good trainer who will guide you and support you and watch your progress.
And please do not get obsessed with the “I have to” do 10 thousand steps a day or anything like that. Exercise is like medicine and needs to be prescribed by an exercise professional.
So walking is good for you. It is also ok to progress to a run. Always be guided by a trainer. Never ever try to do this journey alone.