Life changed dramatically in 2020 . When the World Health Organization declared a COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 , hundreds of millions of people across the globe were forced to change how they go about their daily lives , including how they exercise .
Health-conscious adults accustomed to exercising at local gyms had to find new ways to exercise in the wake of the pandemic . Many gyms were forced to close in areas hit hard by COVID-19 , and that left many people without access to fitness equipment like weights and cardiovascular machines . Resilient men and women soon found ways to exercise , and many of them embraced walking .
Though walking might not provide the same level of intensity that fitness enthusiasts are accustomed to , the Arthritis Foundation ® notes the various ways walking benefits the body .
• Walking protects against heart disease and stroke . Walking strengthens the heart and protects it against heart disease . The AF also notes that walking lowers blood pressure . In fact , post-menopausal women who walk just one to two miles per day can lower their blood
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