Walking is a great low-impact exercise. Walking is inexpensive and virtually everyone has the ability to engage in a walking exercise program. With more than one-third of American adults considered to be obese (as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), taking care of your health is now more important than ever before. Obesity has a number of associated health risks including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But why should you walk more? Taking a daily walk can help you to stay in shape and cut your risks for becoming obese or developing obesity-related health conditions. If you are overweight, obese or just have not exercised in awhile, walking is a great way to ease yourself into a regular exercise routine.
Walking when combined with a sensible diet can do wonders for your health. If you still are not convinced why you should walk more, here are five reasons that will make you want to get off your computer and head to the nearest park or treadmill.
Why You Should Walk More:
1. Did you know that engaging in a regular walking program can actually help to aid with the digestive process?
The benefits of a workout are well and clear. Everybody knows that exercise is necessary to stay fit and healthy for all ages. But probably many are still pondering how do I start? What kind of exercise can I do? Can I start walking or jogging an hour a day? How long should I exercise and how many times a week?
Working out to maintain health, to lose weight or to compete in a marathon, whatever your purpose is, there are three components that are necessary for it to be beneficial. These three components are intensity, duration and frequency. Our body will adjust to the strain placed upon it. This eventually leads to fitness. It is only when an exercise is of adequate intensity, duration and frequency, the body will get the message to change its physiology so that it could accommodate and sustain a higher level of activity for a longer duration of time.
A regular exercise will cause the heart muscle to grow thicker so that it can pump more blood to the other muscles and organs. The lungs will expand more efficiently to get more oxygen into the blood which then gets pumped
Walking is perhaps the easiest of all forms of exercise, and also one of the safest. Unlike running, it is not hard on the knees. It usually doesn’t cause any injuries or unpleasant side effects. Are there any disadvantages? Well, walking is less intense than other fitness methods, and that means it make take longer to have a visible effect on your body. If you’re in a hurry to get in shape, then you may have to take up other exercises as well. But there’s really no reason to give up walking. Even if you are already trying other forms of exercise, walking regularly can’t hurt, and can surely help.
How much should you walk? Doctors recommend that you walk briskly for at least 30 minutes a day–and yes, that is every day. What is a “brisk pace” though? About five to six kilometers per hour. You don’t have to do your daily 30 minutes all in one go, either. You can get much the same results by walking three or four times a day at the proper pace for about ten minutes at a time. With such flexibility, it is very easy to incorporate a daily
Exercise should be an integral part of your life. But, the question that is often asked (especially those who love to analyze issues) is: Is it better to workout at home or to workout at a gym? The simple answer to that question is: Yes. There are pros and cons of working out at home; there are pros and cons of working out at a gym. The bottom line is that you can and should incorporate exercise in your life.
Personally, I like working out at home. When I used to work out at a gym, it would take me about 30-45 minutes to get ready, drive down to the gym, and to get started in my workouts. Currently, it would only take me 30-45 minutes to finish my workouts. I vary my workouts with resistance training (e.g. weights and bands), treadmill workouts, exercise DVDs, etc. There is no shortage on what to do at home. I do not have to worry as much on the way I look (although I do not worry as much on my looks when I work out at a gym). Obviously, there are some times when I have to wait on
When the weather is cold outside, it is not inviting for most people to go outside and walk for exercise. Usually, it is just about being prepared. In the winter months, try to plan ahead and put together a fitness walking schedule for the next few day based on the weather forecast for the area you plan to walk in.
If you are lucky, you may be able to schedule your walking exercise in between any expected rainy periods. Also, if you have mentally prepared yourself to be walking for fitness on a certain day, you are more likely to get out and complete your task if you are prepared in advance for the weather.
Of course, there is always the option of walking indoors on a treadmill. However, many people tend to get bored very easily walking on the spot and getting nowhere. But it does have its good points such as you can watch TV and stay warm while working out. Another way to avoid the bad weather while trying to walk for fitness is to join a gym and use their treadmills. This will give you some company in the form of the
Cold weather doesn’t create favorable conditions for working out. When it’s snowing or raining you usually don’t feel like getting out of bed or leaving the couch and definitely not for exercising. But due the cold weather you shouldn’t breakaway from your daily fitness routine. Read on to find out how you can exercise even when it’s cold outside.
There are some people who continue with outdoor exercises even during the winters. And if you happen to be one of them then just follow the tips discussed below.
Dress in layers: You can dress in layers so that you can easily take of the warm clothes whenever you’re feeling hot. You should wear sweat wicking clothes first and then put on the warm layer on that. Always protect your head and ear from the cold weather by wearing caps.
Avoid the wind: Take the paths which are sheltered and are clear from snow and muddy puddles.
Warm up indoors: Do your warm exercises at home before you head off outside. Make yourself warm by wearing clothes directly from the dryer and by putting your hands and feet in warm water.
When old people fall, some of them may have trouble getting back up again if they are weak or have been injured. However, sometimes even a younger person may experience difficulty getting upright again after a fall. I was surprised when, not long ago, a friend of mine told me that her daughter fell down and could not get back up until someone came to help her.
Advertisers tell people they should not fall, and to buy their product to help prevent falls. Senior citizens are made to feel petrified about the possibility of a fall since they are warned that they could break a bone or be stranded and not able to get up off the floor. While it is normal to not want to fall, and, as we get older, most of us do not take as many crazy risks as we did in younger days, there are certainly things each of us can do to reduce the chance of injury when we hit the floor and to enable us to get back up again!
Diet and exercise are both key factors here. This article will focus on the exercise factor. Exercise can help
Walking is great for body and soul. It is a necessity for any weight loss program. We recommend walking 15 minutes each morning and 15 minutes before each meal. You will feel less hungry because your blood will absorb more oxygen and the protein and carbs in your next meal will be utilized faster as well. Starting a walking regime is not difficult and has many advantages. Walking is one of the very best exercises and there are loads of reasons why it is easy and enjoyable. Here are 7 reasons:
1.) Walking is Free
Considering that you are in good health without physical disabilities, everyone can go walking. It costs nothing and like skiing and other sports one needs no special equipment. Common sense, of course, dictates good comfortable shoes. You don’t need to spend tons of money going to a gym if you are on a weight loss program. Walking is one of the best and most pleasant ways of losing weight.
2.) Walk at Any Season in Any Weather
One usually thinks of walking as an outdoor exercise but it can also take place indoors. More and more people are getting
Most of us out there today fail in our weight loss efforts due to two main reasons. The first is we do not exercise. The second is the fact that we do not set realistic goals when we plan our exercise sessions, the result of which we lose motivation once the goals are not accomplished and subsequently lose heart. And when we lose motivation, it is hard to continue working out or exercising when your heart is not in it. For those who do not workout, it is down to pure laziness or lack of time in their daily schedules. Those who struggle to find time to exercise should try to plan their workout plans during weekends or probably fit in an hour or so after or before work to allow for these workout sessions.
Working out effectively is not difficult, provided you plan your workouts in advance and realistically. In reality, you would probably be able to lose weight through simple exercises that could be incorporated in your everyday activities. For starters, start walking instead of driving everywhere! If the grocery store is a few hundred meters away from your home, why not take a quick
In this era of fad workouts and gimmicks, sometimes we get caught in the hype, without knowing the reason behind it. People use terms that sound interesting and exciting but when you ask them to elaborate, they’re unable to. It’s the same with a workout routine, I’ve seen trainers guide clients through a routine that I didn’t understand the reason they used the selection and sequence of exercises that they did. Apparently, neither did they. Maybe they saw someone else doing it, maybe that workout was from a new video developed by the next person with washboard abs. Either way, the skills and knowledge required to build a successful and individualized program have been replaced with lack of knowledge and aesthetically appealing physiques. These days, it seems as if there is a lot more confusion and debate to what really defines a great workout.
A common misconception people have is that the workout has to leave them overly sore to be effective. People brag about being so sore that they can barely move for three days, vomiting induced by over exertion and being drenched in sweat during the entire workout. If your muscles got that sore, you