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No matter your current fitness level, walking can be a great way to get started or it can be just one more way for you to maintain your current level of fitness.
Try walking while listening to podcasts or audio books or even music. Studies show if you are ‘doing’ something when you walk, you are more likely to stick with it and actually will walk farther and for longer periods of time.
How to start (and stick to) a walking program, whether you’re new to exercise or already fit.
Walking is the easiest exercise and it makes it easy to shed pounds and keep them off. You don’t need any fancy equipment other than a good pair of walking shoes. Experts recommend that everyone get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and with walking it can be broken up into two 15-minute sessions or even three 10-minute sessions, making it easy to make walking a part of any busy lifestyle.
Weight loss isn’t the only benefit of a walking program. Regular walking can be helpful in lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, it can also improve circulation and increase overall bone strength.
Establish your baseline. If you have been spending most of your time on the couch, you will need to start at a slower pace and work your way up to the 30 minutes. Set small goals to start. If it takes you an hour to walk a mile, that isn’t doing you any good at all. Try walking three times a week at a stroll for 20 minutes..
There are several great programs to help you get started. Here is a great video you and use to help get you up and going, right now!