When you want to up your health game ladies, a simple approach is going to help you get there sooner rather than later. While it is easy to be led astray by promises from weight loss supplements, fancy gym equipment and more, all you really need to do to start to boost your health is to incorporate some type of exercise into your daily routine as often as possible. One way to do that is by simply adding a walking routine to your day’s plans. Combine this with a sensible eating plan and you will be well on your way to success. As with any exercise, when you first start walking, start off slowly and work up the amount of time you spend walking and the distance you cover.
If you have any type of health or joint issue, always consult your medical provider before starting on any type of exercise program. This way your medical provider can give you any extra advice that will only add to your success.
So why choose walking? Well, walking is a great activity for anyone at any fitness level, or age. It’s perfect for those of you who are really out of shape, or overweight. Walking is easy on your joints, and you can increase your walks according to your ability.
On the plus side you don’t need any special equipment for walking. You should however, invest in a good pair of walking shoes. Otherwise you may find that your feet hurt.
There are many places you can walk all year long. If you live in a colder climate you can walk indoors at your local mall during the winter. Many malls open early to accommodate walkers, plus it’s perfect for moms with stroller’s too.
If you own a dog, become the official dog walker. You can walk with your grandkids or kids or invite friends and neighbours to walk with you. Hey, you could even start a local walking club. This would make walking fun for you, and if you are walking with a friend it provides you with motivation to meet them and walk – you wouldn’t want to let your friend down by not showing up!
After a couple of weeks, you will start to notice that your fitness level will start improving. This is a good sign that it’s now time to increase the intensity of your walks. Either walk a little faster, or go a little further. As you improve you may also want to add hand or ankle weights as well.
Another great way to increase your walking is to find some hilly terrain to walk on. See if you can walk up some nearby hills!
With so many options and so many ways to make your walking more fun and get more benefit from the time you walk, it just makes sense to include walking into your overall fitness plan.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, you need to pay attention to the foods you are putting in your body. This will have a huge impact on your overall health success. Be aware of what you are eating, and your portion sizes. As you exercise more you will want to add more fruits and veggies to your meals, as they will help with reducing the amount of oxidative stress that increased exercise brings.
Also, try to eat healthy, fresh whole foods as much as possible. Just staying away from fast food and packaged foods will help you knock off those extra unwanted pounds. Why not start looking for some new recipes to try? You can easily find recipes online these days. Look for ones that are heart healthy, low cholesterol and are low in carbohydrates. To save money try to find recipes that use foods that are in season.
Walking for better health is the perfect way to get started on creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family.
Now let’s look at the health benefits of going for a walk
There are a lot of good reasons to go for a walk. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and most important it’s good for your health. But what exactly are the health benefits of walking? I hope this article convinces you that heading out for a walk each day is a great idea and that it motivates you to stick to your walking schedule until you start to see results.
- Walking Gets You Outside In The Fresh Air and Sunshine
No matter how fast or slow you walk, walking gets you outside and in the fresh air. This alone will make you feel better as your body absorbs the oxygen and sunshine. Both are important for your health and well-being.
You will find the air quality outside, particularly if you go for a walk on the beach or in a park, will be much better than the air inside your house. Of course, the sunshine outside will help your body product all the Vitamin D it needs.
- Walking Can Help You Get To And Maintain A Healthy Weight
Walking particularly at a quick pace and doing it regularly can help you get to and then maintain a healthy weight. Yes, you still need to watch what you eat and aim for a healthy diet, but walking can be another tool to help you drop those extra pounds.
The nice thing about walking when you’re overweight is that you burn a lot of calories, even on short and slow walks, simply because you’re carrying so much weight around with you. As you start to lose the weight, your overall strength and endurance increases, allowing you to walk longer, further, and faster.
- Walking Improves Your Sense Of Balance And Coordination
As you walk, particularly when walking over rougher terrain, you’re also working on your sense of balance and coordination. Just getting in the habit of going for a daily walk will help. But you can work even more on your sense of balance by moving your head around. Turn your head to the right and left as you walk for a count of 30. Then move your head up and down for a count of 30. If you do these simple exercises once or twice as you walk each day you’ll get even more benefit.
- Walking Strengthens Your Bones and Muscles
Even though walking is a low impact form of exercise it helps to strengthen and tone your body. If you’re just starting out, it is all you need to start to get into better shape. As you get more fit, consider adding weight lifting exercises in addition to your daily walks to continue to get stronger and help develop strong muscles and bones.
- Walking Will Boost Your Mood and Fight Depression
Last but not least, the exercise of walking releases endorphins that will help lift your mood and can even reduce depression. Give it a try. The next time you’re feeling tired or are in a bad mood, lace up your sneakers and go for a brisk walk. It works like a charm.
Remember to start slowly and then increase the intensity as your fitness level increase. Believe me, you will feel better, lose weight and start sleeping better. Who doesn’t want that?