Weight Loss by walking is an inexpensive and easy way to help you lose weight .
- First you need a pair of good walking shoes. ( they don’t have to be real expensive) Just make sure they are comfortable and fit right.
- Second you will need casual clothing that you are comfortable in. Some people prefer loose fitting shorts or slacks. But this is just personal preference.
- You don’t need membership in a gym.
- Walking can be done anywhere. Outdoors, on a school track, in a mall ( in inclement weather)or with a DVD or YouTube in your own home.
- If you have a treadmill, dust it off and get it on it.
If you haven’t exercised in a while or are very overweight, get the O.K. from your health care provider.
You should start out slow so you don’t get burnt out and quit. Only do 10 minutes if that works for you. Slowly you will build your strength and stamina. Be persistent, do your walk at least daily or more often if you have the time. And take one day off a week.
Before you know it, you will be walking 30 minutes or more. Which is great.
It doesn’t matter how old you are as long as you can move around you can benefit from walking. It will help you look and feel younger if you stay active.
It will help lower your risk for many conditions such as, dementia, heart problems, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer and obesity to name a few.
What the experts say.
Experts say you should walk at least 10,000 steps a day which equates to 4.5 to 5 miles a day. But it doesn’t have to be all at one time. Break it down into shorter times more often.
Get up a little earlier in the morning and do a walk for 20 minutes around the neighborhood.
If you are still working, during your lunch time squeeze in a 15 to 20 minute walk. After dinner in the early evening add another 20 minute walk and you have gotten in 1 hour of walking.
Add that to your everyday activities and you will soon see how much stronger and fit you will feel. Think how much better you will feel if you do that every day.
Start off slow and easy if this is all new to you, but you will be surprised how quickly you will build up your stamina. I know if I don’t get in my walking every day I feel tired and out of sorts.
Also there are DVD’s available on line, on Youtube or in the stores if you prefer to walk in the comfort of your own home.
This may seem overwhelming in the beginning, but you will surprised how quickly your body will adjust to the increase in activity.
Your overall physical and mental health will be so improved. So get moving and enjoy!
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