If you missed out on running or walking the Honolulu Marathon, it’s not too late for holiday walking. The temperatures at night in Honolulu are perfect for a holiday walk. Have you heard of walking with speed bursts? According to Australian scientists all this involves is walking at a relaxing pace for 45 seconds and then adding a 15-second burst of speed. If you have diabetes and can walk you can do this. Did you know that speed bursts rev up the muscles so much that it burns more sugar? Yes, and when you burn more sugar there is less that will be stored as fat. Insulin is a hormone and when there is too much in your body you gain weight. Unfortunately, the weight is not muscle but fat.
It’s time to get started and all you need is comfortable walking shoes and you’re ready to go. Find yourself a walking partner and decide on a time and place. A 30-minute walk while alternating between 45 easy seconds and 15 seconds of speed is very effective for lowering blood sugars, bad cholesterol, and blood pressure. According to a Scandinavian study, when people were using speed bursts they saw a 73% greater improvement in blood pressure than those individuals using a standard aerobic exercise. What’s amazing is you won’t feel hungrier with this type of exercise either. Want to feel more energetic, less stressed, and get rid of your Grinch mood? This type of workout will do all of that and get rid of that stubborn weight. Also, when you do your speed burst, focus on quicker steps, not longer strides. In addition, speed bursts are effective with almost any activity such as dancing or walking up stairs. I personally walked up several stairs with speed bursts and this was a great workout.
During this holiday season you can enjoy the outside lights in your neighborhood or in Honolulu. One of my favorite places to do holiday walking is in Waikele. There you’ll find numerous homes with yards decorated with holiday décor and beautiful bright lights.
Well, tonight I’m walking using speed bursts and enjoying the Christmas lights. May your Christmas be full of joy, love, and peace.