Reasons to Start a Walking Routine








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Are you looking for a way to get back into shape?  Starting a walking routine is a great exercise to begin with.  It’s easy to do and you don’t need any special equipment. Read on for some reasons for starting a walking routine.

Motivation.  Many people have problems with exercise routines because the movements are difficult to perform.  Climbing stairs or lifting your leg high enough for a movement, are difficult moves if you are out of shape and you can quickly lose your motivation.  Pushing yourself to the point of soreness also deters you from staying motivated.  A simple walking routine, starting with small do-able time limits are easier to stick with.

 

“When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.”   ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Improves health.  Walking is a perfect way to move your joints and improve your cardiovascular system.  It also lowers heart attack and stroke risks while decreasing chance of getting diabetes.

Improve arthritis.  Moving your body regularly improves arthritis and is better for your joints than more strenuous exercises.  And it’s one of the best ways to lose weight, which also relieves joint pain.  It’s easier to walk for a longer period of time than to jog for the same amount of time, and you still burn calories.

Buy good walking shoes.  When you start a new walking routine, make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes.  An old comfortable pair of shoes is fine if you are starting slow and only for a few minutes.  But as you walk more, you will want to purchase a good pair of walking shoes.  To prevent foot injuries while walking, get your shoes measured and fitted by a professional.

Time your walks.  Plan how long you are walking.   If you plan for a 30-minute walk, you need to plan where you will turn around at the 15-minute mark before heading back home.  It’s easy to get into the momentum of the walk, enjoying nature and then forget that you need to turn back at a certain time.  It’s fine if you have plenty of time, just remember to plan where you need to turn around at to head back.  As your fitness level improves, extend your walks farther.

Hill walking.  Walking up a small hill increases your stamina and burns more calories.  You’ll burn 67% more calories just walking up a 15% incline.  Add a short hill or slope whenever you can in your walking routine.  This works well for those who can’t run and want to increase their fitness level.

And it’s free!  As you can see, you don’t need any expensive equipment for walking.  Just head out the door and walk around the block to start with.  Then, head out to the local parks, lakes or walking trails.

Walking is the best overall exercise no matter your fitness goals.  Walking helps you lose weight, improve arthritis, and enjoy the outdoors all at the same time.

Resources:

Books:

10,000 Steps a Day to Your Optimal Weight:  Walk Your Way to Better Health

ChiWalking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy

Fitness Walking for Dummies

Running and Walking for Women Over 40:  The Road to Sanity and Vanity

Men’s walking shoes

New Balance Men’s MW577 Walking Shoe

Women’s walking shoes

Easy Spirit Women’s Romy Walking Shoe

 

 



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