Finding the time to exercise is a big issue for some people. Everyone knows that they really need to exercise 4 or 5 days a week but making the time when there is work and things to be done at home can be difficult.
Walking fitness is the most natural workout plan anyone can have. Everyone should walk on the average of 10,000 steps a day. Most people are only getting between 1,000 and 3,000, far short of 10,000! The further you can walk the more calories you will burn and the healthier you’ll feel.
Walking can help prevent many diseases, it strengthens the heart and helps prevents cardiovascular diseases. Walking at least 30 minutes a day reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 27%. This exercise is ideal for controlling high blood pressure, it improves circulation, reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), and helps increase good cholesterol (HDL). It reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 60 percent, and you’re 20 percent less likely to develop cancer of the colon, breast or womb. It also helps with stress, anxiety and depression. We can add steps to our daily routine and not even notice that we’re doing it.
Get yourself a pedometer or fitness tracker. Before climbing back into bed that night look and see how many steps you took that day. This will tell you how serious it is that you get started on a walking fitness plan to better health.
You might have to make a few changes in your lifestyle but what better reason to change than to make your life healthier and happier. Start thinking how you can add steps to increase your walking time.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work.
- Spend some time with the children and go for a walk with them and the dog.
- Walk to the store instead of driving the car to go get a loaf of bread down the street.
- If you commute to and from work by bus get off a few stops from home.
There are many ways to add steps to that pedometer. Pedometer are nice they now have computer chips in them to record you heart rate, blood pressure, calories burned, steps you’ve walked and will save them for a certain amount of time. They can be purchased at any store where exercise equipment can be bought. Do some searching on the Internet to check out the different kinds and how they work. Pedometers come in a wide range of prices too so you can check that out too so you have an idea of how much it will cost you. When it comes to your health, do anything you can to make it better and walking is the best.
Having fun is part of walking fitness to keep it interesting. Be creative and find new ways to add steps to your walking. Make it interesting for the whole family or just with the group or friend.
Soon you’ll be walking your 10,000 steps a day and won’t even notice. Your energy will be going up and you’ll be more active adding more steps.