Saturday, September 7, 2013

Health Tip Of The Week - Start Walking

Now, everyone knows that they should exercise.  This is not news.  But few people know how to exercise or how to stick to a routine.  Many people think they need a fancy gym to get the results they want, and to many people a gym is intimidating.  They don't want the pressure of a contract or to be judged by all the fit bodies running circles around them.  I understand, because I have been there.  Years ago, my husband (fiance at the time), and I joined a gym.  I was 200 pounds, the heaviest I had ever been, at that point in my life.  Even though I had been working out for years, I hated being there.  I hated the whole atmosphere.  So, we didn't stick with that gym for too long.  Plus, we had a trainer starting out, who completely hurt us, because she had no idea what she was doing!  Now, this isn't everyone's experience at a gym, but if you just aren't comfortable enough to go that route, there are many other things that you can do.

One of the first things you need is a support system.  A friend or family member, who is serious about getting in shape and reaching their goals.  Someone who you can be accountable to.  Coordinate times when you can get together for workouts.  Schedule your workouts like you would a doctor's appointment or anything else.  Always plan ahead.  The night before, lay out your clothes, shoes, or anything else you will need for your workout.  Get as much done the night before as possible.  Remember this, when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

So, now you have your workout partner, your workout appointment, clothes, shoes, what? You don't know what to do, how to do it, or where to do it.  Something that you can do, that requires no equipment at all, and you can do almost anywhere.....walking!  It is a great exercise, that is good for all fitness levels, and you also have a low risk of injury.  Plan your walks.  Try out different routes, paths, or trails.  Set a goal of walking 30 minutes/day, 5 days/week, and work your way up.  One thing that always keeps my workouts moving, is getting together an upbeat playlist of my favorite songs.  Walking provides so many benefits such as, reducing the risk of coronary artery disease, osteoperosis, breast cancer, colon cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.  It also improves blood pressure, blood sugar, blood lipids, and mental well being.  Spending time with a friend talking, laughing, and confiding in one another is always a stress relief as well.  So, start planning your workouts, and walk yourself to a happier, healthier you!

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