I was asked this question last week and the simple answer is YES!
Going for a walk is a great way to exercise; it can help shed excess weight, it’s FREE, enjoyable and studies have shown it also can prevent colds! So, with the weather warming up why not add walking into your schedule? It does not matter if you are just starting or a gym enthusiast, adding a walking routine to your week will be beneficial for your health (and please, always remember your sunscreen).
Walking outdoors is a wonderful way to reduce stress, it’s easy on the joints, raises the heart rate, and helps you enjoy nature and your surroundings and feel healthy. That is my main point to any exercise plan, feeling healthy. When you do good things for your body, you feel amazing! You see yourself differently in the mirror, your attitude changes and your health improves, so why not try walking?
How do I walk?
Alright, I know you know HOW to walk but how to incorporate walking into your life is different, especially if exercise has not been a priority (I know because I speak from experience). As always, keeping it simple and something that can fit into your life is key! First step is to map out your workouts for 2 weeks, that’s it, a two week plan. Focus on staying consistent with your plan, then plan the next two weeks, and so on and so on. Soon you will find yourself an exercise junkie!
I remember not knowing where to start when I first started my walking plan so if you are new to walking and need some help with a simple routine that can fit into your life, here is an easy plan:
Monday to Friday walk 10 minutes a day briskly and add a 30 minute leisure walk on a Saturday or Sunday.
Monday is a rest day but from Tuesday to Friday walk 25 minutes a day at a brisk pace and add 40 minute leisure walks to your Saturday and Sunday.
You still get a rest day on Monday but will alternate between 45 minute and 60 minute brisk walks Tuesday to Friday with a 60 minute brisk walk and a 60 minutes moderate walk on Saturday and Sunday.
So, grab a partner, your kids, the stroller (and the baby), your spouse, your music or whatever else you choose and let’s get walking!
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