You’ve promised yourself and anyone that will listen that you’re going to get healthier, that your mission is to get fit and trim while shedding some pounds along the way.
But have you started yet? Do you keep telling yourself ‘tomorrow,’ only to find that you’re still not motivated?
Physicians First Messages is here to remind you exercising doesn’t have to be a daily, two-hour marathon at the local gym.
Walking, for instance, is a perfect way to workout. According to the American Heart Association, walking can benefit you in multiple ways, including:
Reduce the risk of coronary hearts disease; improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels; improve blood lipid profile; maintain body weight and lower risk of obesity; enhance mental well being; reduce the risk of osteoporosis; reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer and reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes.
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. The simple act of walking can greatly benefit you in several capacities and the best part is, it’s easy … all you need is a good pair of sneakers and a plan.
The best way to get motivated and started is to find a walking partner.
If you’re just beginning, starting slowly is a smart approach, according to Courtenay Schurman, author of The Outdoor Athlete. Schurman suggests to “start walking three times a week at a stroll for 20 minutes.’’
You should eventually start walking five or more times a week for 30 minutes a session, or 2 1Ž2 to 3 hours per week.
Although some walkers focus on distance and others on time, Schurman says, ‘’ultimately, it’s about speed. If you can walk five miles, but it takes you five hours to do it, it’s not a fit level of work. So use both distance and time as well as heart rate.’’
Bottom line is, the faster you walk, the more calories you’ll burn. If you eat sensibly, walking a half hour after a meal at a relatively brisk pace will erase some calories.
Your health is paramount. Mostly everyone is in a bind for time and can’t exercise daily, but walking just a few times a week can help pave the way to a healthier lifestyle.
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