Walking! All the Cool Kids Are Doing It!
If you haven’t exercised in a while, or are looking for something easy you can do every single day give walking a try. It’s perfect! It is low impact, easy, can go at your own pace, you don’t need any special equipment and you can start at the fitness level that you’re at.
If you are new to fitness , coming back after a long period of inactivity, or rejoining the ranks after recovery, listen to your body and get clearance from your physician. When you do, start by going for a 10 or 15 minute walk around the neighborhood and work your way up from there. If you’re already in great shape, walking with embellishments can provide an effective workout. You want to increase speed, incline, duration, or add some strength moves to up the ante.
If you’re like most of us, chances are you haven’t exercised consistently much since you got out of college and need to start small. Maybe your doctor suggested that you move around more, or maybe you just want to be proactive about your health and well-being. In either case, walking can be done any time you have available and it can be done anywhere–even at home without a treadmill!
Find a pair of comfortable shoes, put them on and go for a stroll through your neighborhood. You could also find a local park with a nice path you can walk on. If the weather doesn’t permit walking outside, head to your local mall and walk or hop on a treadmill.
You can even walk in place at home in front of your TV. Here’s a simple little idea to get you moving more. As you’re sitting on the couch at night watching TV, get up during commercial breaks and march in place until your favorite TV show comes back on. If you’re using a service like Netflix, make yourself walk in place for 10 minutes in between episodes. Or turn on the TV and challenge yourself to march in place during the entire show. Time will fly while you’re having fun watching TV and moving.
Speaking of having fun, going for a walk outside can be a lot of fun too. Mix up your route and walk in different areas of town, or visit different parks. Invite a friend to come along with you to walk. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to and having a walking buddy keeps you accountable. Last but not least, grab your phone or MP3 player and listen to music or audio books as you walk to make the time go by faster. There are podcast and walking groups, too. I belong one called Girl Trek.
The main thing is that you get out there, move around, and get some exercise in a way that’s gentle on your joints, your heart, and the rest of your body and that’s what walking will do for you. Just give it a try and see if you don’t start to feel better, happier, and stronger after a few weeks of regular walks.
Commit to three 15 minute walks this week! You can do it!
Also, please share strategies you use get moving and keep moving or your challenges to building a walking or fitness routine!