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This blog post is a discussion on walking.
With the wonderful era of health and fitness recognition definitely upon us, walking may possibly be one of the more overlooked exercises.
The current focus appears to be primarily on joining a gym and undertaking a resistance workout routine, machine cardio, or intensity/endurance style workout.
While these are all super beneficial for your super-you focus, depending on your individual goals, how about something less complicated, free and readily accessible?
Sometimes, or often-times, it’s the simple things that mean the most. In the case of walking, it may be the simple things can do the most.
Consider this…walking actually involves, in varying degrees, every muscle in your body. Did you get that?
Better still, all that is required for you to begin this amazing exercise is to exit your front door and begin walking the road right out front of your house.
If, for some reason, you are not comfortable walking your own neighbourhood, there are many various options including council made walking paths along rivers, oceans and parks as well as recreation/sports grounds and, otherwise, just about anywhere you feel comfortable.
A thought for caution; if you are not used to walking for exercise, please take it step by step.
What do I mean by this?
Well, let me illustrate with a story.
My daughter, after joining a gym, thought of implementing walking into her fitness routine.
Living about 7km from her work, she decided upon walking home each afternoon. After the second time of doing this, her feet had developed several areas of rather intense blistering which, of course, brought her considerable grief along with a necessity to cease the walking.
I will add that the blisters were despite wearing a $200 pair of recognised sports joggers.
So…if you are starting out, begin with a goal of walking 20 minutes.
That’s right, 10 minutes each way.
It may not seem much; however 20 minutes of walking – continually and at a good pace – are more than most people do in a day.
As you become accustomed to this then by all means increase the time, by incremental amounts, 10 minutes (5 minutes each way).
Following this, after a couple of months or so, you will find yourself happily walking up to 5km each day and feeling great for it!
So, go on, get out and about and enjoy the amazing all over workout of walking…you’ll be glad you did!
Founder of Superyou4life