Finding ways to squeeze exercise into your day does not need to be as complicated as it sounds. Sometimes, all it takes is a daily walk to get the exercise juices flowing and getting yourself back into good health.
A brisk walk may be one of the best prescriptions for improving your overall health, according to recent research confirmed by USA Today.
According to the USA Today study, “taking a 15-minute moderate-paced walk about 30 minutes after a meal helped control blood sugar in people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. [Overall] exercise has been shown to lower the risk of early death, help control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some types of cancer and a host of other conditions.”
Often times though, it’s not the task of the actual walk or exercise that keeps people from walking, but it’s finding the actual motivation to walk on a daily basis. After all, between work, the kids, household chores, and more, who really has the time, the energy, or the motivation to get out for walk?
Getting a walk into your daily routine is the starting point. Start small by just walking around the block. For some of you, it will come as a surprise to find that you have trouble making it around the block.
Getting the walk into your routine is your next step. Continue walking daily. Takes notice the difference in your energy getting around the block vs. the first time you did the walk. The walk shouldn’t exhaust you like it did the first time.
Once the walk becomes engrained in your routine, you will find yourself increasing the distance you walk and possibly even amount of times per day you get out for a walk.
Adding walking to your routine, and increasing your distance will not only help get you in shape, but will also help boost your levels of energy and decrease fatigue, according to WebMD.
Once you have the walking down, add a few more exercises to your routine. Add a few sit-ups and pushups to your routine and now you are getting yourself to close to a full blown workout.
Walking and a few exercises will not only have you feeling better about yourself, but will also have you looking better soon. Even though it is just a walk, depending on your weight and calorie intake, you will be finding yourself losing 1-2 every few weeks, according to Livestrong.com.
Once you have yourself at a stable and comfortable position with the walking, start upping your game a bit. Increase your walk to a run. Then start increasing you run from a mile or two to a five a mile run, seven mile run.
Add some yoga workouts into the mix and before long you will have yourself on a full blown workout routine. And remember, it all started with a little walk.
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Hellmich, Nanci. “Walking can be a lifesaver, but many need to pick up pace”. USA Today. 21 October 13. Web. usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/20/walking-health-speed-duration/2936233
Parepalo, Maria. “How Much Weight Can You Lose by Walking 30 Minutes a Day?” Livestrong. 21 October 2013. Web. www.livestrong.com/article/386202-how-much-weight-can-you-lose-by-walking-30-minutes-a-day