Walking to fitness!
So you know that going to the gym, going for a run, weightlifting, aerobics and swimming are all valid ways to get active. But walking is underrated. Walking is one of the easiest ways to lose weight and get fit. You can even fit it into a busy schedule by walking to work or to the shops. What are you waiting for? Get off the gym changing room furniture and get walking with these helpful tips…
Walking regularly can dramatically cut the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. It is free and one of the easiest ways to get active. The average person can burn 150 calories if they stroll (4mph), 99 calories if they walk at a normal pace (3mph) or 75 calories if they walk 2 mph. Even the slowest of walkers can burn calories with ease!
Getting the outfit right is actually esseential when walking. Try to wear thin, loose fitting clothes as you will find you will break out in a sweat a lot more easily. Wear shoes that are supportive, comfortable and do not cause blisters. For long walks take some water, healthy snacks and sunscreen. You can even burn (or tan, if you’re lucky) when it’s not sunny.
Remember to start small. Only walk fast for a couple of minutes if yyou find it tiring- don’t overdo it on your first day. Break up your walk into chunks. For example, 10 minutes walking fast then 10 minutes strolling. Repeat this for however long you intend to walk.
The easiest way to keep motivated with walking is to make it a habit. This includes walking to work, walking to the shops, using the stairs rather than a lift, walking for short journeys, walking the kids to school, walking with friends and strolling with family after dinner. Mixing up the location of your walk is also a good motivator. You could plan walks through parks, heritage trails, canal towpaths, riverside paths, commons, woodlands, heaths and nature reserves. Just remember- walking can be a fun way of keeping fit!
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