Walk Boldly Into the New Year
- Created: January 11, 2011
- by: admin
Walking is one of the greatest, cheapest exercise plans on the planet. It’s also what humans were designed to do. Sadly, modernity has more and more of us doing less and less of it.
You’ve heard it before. We’ll say it again. Walking is one of the greatest, cheapest exercise plans on the planet. It’s also what humans were designed to do. Sadly, modernity has more and more of us doing less and less of it.
Walking requires no special equipment aside from a good (meaning supportive) pair of shoes. The recommended 30 minutes a day can be broken into two 15 minute sessions, or even three 10 minute sessions. Regular walking helps lower cholesterol, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, increases bone strength and improves circulation. Plus that lovely added benefit of weight loss (if you do it consistently and with a pace that races the heart level). This January, make a resolution that will make a difference. Start a walking program. And stick to it.
Establish a baseline. If you’ve been sitting around for the bulk of 2010, start by walking 3 times a week for 20 minutes. Work your way up to 5 times a week, 30 minutes per session. A total of 2 to 3 hours of walking every week is not only great for physical health, you’ll find it allows important ‘downtime’ from your work or family schedule…that is a definitive boost to mental health.
Put the pedal down. Ultimately, walking benefits are directly related to speed. The faster you go, the more you accelerate your heart. The more you accelerate your heart, the more you increase circulation, muscle use and fat burning. Strolling is better than nothing. But walking quickly enough to get your pulse pounding is the optimal approach.
Improvise. Can you park as far away as feasible from a destination…then walk from there? Can you take stairs instead of the elevator? Can you walk the dog one extra time over your normal schedule? Can you use your lunch hour to walk instead of sit? There are a lot of little ways to get more walking into your life. You’ll find the simple act of moving around more (even for a brief time) has benefits.