Walking is an excellent way to lose weight and feel great. Of all the aerobic exercises, walking can be done by just about everyone. Walking is a low-impact exercise that can improve your fitness levels.
Some may believe that “no pain, no gain” is how workouts must be in order to lose weight. This belief drives people to engage in vigorous exercises such as jogging or running. Although, these exercises may produce faster results, the risk of injury increases. Also, regular brisk walking is simple and does not require practice. All that is required is to walk for at least 30 minutes a day.
One of the benefits of walking is that it is less likely to lead to injuries like muscle soreness or blisters on the foot. It may take months to recover from exercise related injuries which can be counterproductive. Besides, the health benefits of regular walking are important:
*Trimmer waistline and buttocks
*Lower blood pressure
*Improve your mood
*Reduces the risk of diseases
*Lower bad cholesterol/Raise good cholesterol
Walking is a convenient exercise for people on the go. It can be done at anytime of the day, and you can start with walking one mile per day. Once the body gets used to the exercise, add more miles or increase the speed of your walking routine. Add more variety to your routine by walking up a hill, on the beach, during a sunrise or a sunset and with friends or a pet dog. Try a walking club or start one in your community. It may improve your motivation level.
Remember that even with walking it is important o follow proper techniques. Stretch before you walk and begin slowly to warm up the muscles. After each walking exercise, cool the body down by walking at a slower pace during the last five minutes. Finally, stretch again to improve posture and increase flexibility. Happy walking! Stay fit and fabulous.