Walking and Cycling: Two Activities That Complement Each Other

If you’re discovering the joys of walking again thanks to your new Walkslide, you’re probably wondering what other physical activities can further enhance your newfound wellness. Walking goes beautifully with a variety of other types of exercises – including cycling. Let’s take a moment to examine how these two forms of fitness training can work together to optimize your health.

Calorie burning: Both walking and cycling burn calories to help you lose weight or keep extra pounds off. Cycling actually has the edge in this department once you develop the strength and skills to maintain a relatively zippy speed, although you can burn about as many calories by race-walking as you can on a leisurely 10-mph ride.

Bone density: Walking is a great exercise for building and maintaining bone density. This is something cycling can’t really help you with, because it requires stimulation of the bone tissue by gravitational forces. Walking stresses the bones in a way that helps ward off osteoporosis and other bone density disorders. (You can get some of this stimulation on your bike, however, by pedaling from a standing position, as you might if you were pushing yourself up a steep hill.)

Muscle development: Both walking and cycling can help you build muscles – but different muscles. Cycling does a superb job of exercising your quadriceps and gluteal muscles, and to a lesser extent the calves, as well as the hamstring on the backs of your thighs. Walking is most effective for exercising the calf muscles, hip flexors, abdominal muscles and all those little muscles that help control balance. (And when you use the resistance arms on your Walkslide, you also give your arms and shoulders a workout.)

As you can see, walking and cycling make a great team for helping you stay healthy. And best of all, they’re both fun!

 

Watch These Movies While You Walk

One of the greatest things about the Walkslide is its ability to let you get a healthy workout while watching your favorite films and TV shows. What could make more sense than to enhance your Walkslide experience with movies that feature walking? Here are some entertainment choices that will make your feel like you’re trekking right along with your favorite stars.

  • The Wizard of Oz – Has there ever been a more famous walk in cinema history than Dorothy’s journey along the Yellow Brick Road, aided by her faithful companions in her search for a way back to Kansas? You won’t need any ruby slippers to join the trip to the Emerald City via your Walkslide
  • Stand by Me – Take to the train tacks alongside this group of adolescents as they set out on a cross-country trek in search of the missing child. Follow the kids as they learn about themselves, think about life and generally have an amazing experience.
  • The Way – This inspiring drama stars Martin Sheen as a father who walks a Catholic pilgrimage through the Pyrenees Mountains in memory of his son, who was killed while making the same journey. You’ll walk through some amazing scenery and meet some unforgettable characters along the way.
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogyThree massive fantasy films add up to an epic story – and one heck of a walk for the short legs of a hobbit tasked with returning the evil Ring of Power to its place of making and then destroying it. You’re bound to get some serious exercise as well as some serious entertainment.The right motion picture accompaniment can turn your Walkslide into a virtual experience that goes miles beyond a passive slouch on the couch. Try it tonight and see for yourself!