Walk to improve health
Michael Carrera, MSc
The first step towards fitness is a commitment to walking more - with purpose. Walking is the most basic yet effective form of exercise and has amazing benefits.
For some of us, the idea of starting a fitness program can be daunting; there are so many different exercise options to choose from. But we all do something every day that, when harnessed into a purposeful fitness regimen, can do wonders for our overall health and well-being.
The first step toward fitness is a commitment to walking more–with purpose. There is no more basic yet effective form of exercise than walking to improve health, keep weight off, and shed pounds.
Everyone Can Do It
In case you’re not convinced, here are some reasons why many people prefer walking to any other form of exercise to help maintain fitness:
Every Step Counts
Walking is the easiest form of activity to start with on the road to fitness, as it can be performed anywhere, anytime. If daily life makes it difficult to commit to a specific, regular exercise routine, then simply make walking an integral part of each day.
Experts recommend that we accu-mulate approximately 10,000 steps in a day, which is equivalent to performing 30 minutes of accumulated daily activity. Keep track of steps on a lightweight and portable pedometer, available for purchase at most sporting good stores.
Start walking today, and improve your health–one step at a time!
Goal number one should be consistency. Don’t be concerned with pace, hills, or heart rate. Just walk three to five times per week for 30 to 45 minutes each.
Picking Up the Pace
As the weeks pass and a feeling of comfort sets in with the walking routine, it may be time to pick up the pace.
Changing It Up
Interval walking is a great way to mix intense cycles of walking with slower-paced intervals, which help you recover and catch your breath.
For a challenge, try interval walking up and down the same hill.