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Welcome to a three part series on walking for fitness. In February’s issue of Real Simple Magazine, they have a whole feature on walking for fitness.  It got me thinking about how easy that is and it is something the whole family could do. Nothing to buy, just get outside and start moving.  It doesn’t get simpler than that.

Walking is truly has no downsides.  It might seem like something the just elderly do, but it can have as many health benefits as other seemly “cooler” workout regimes.

Paul T. Williams, Ph.D., a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkley National University Laboratory calls walkings “a wonder drug, except you that you don’t need a prescription and you don’t have to pay for it”.

Walking is great for health and everyone can do it.  It needs no instructions (for most of us anyways).

Here are a few helpful tips:

~do go outdoors

~don’t dress for a jog; running shoes can be stiff and make the natural rolling action of walking harder

~don’t use weights; your own body weight and the fact that you are moving will be enough

~use a pedometer; the more you see you have walked the more motivated you will be to walk more :)

~don’t go too slow; the brisker the pace the better

~keep your spine straight with your arms bent at 90 degrees and swing them back and forth (not across your body)

~your feet should land heel first and then roll forward to push off with your toes



Whats the real deal on 10,000 steps?

I’m sure you all have heard that magic number: walk 10,000 steps a day to get fit. That number is a bit outdated now, but the reasoning behind it is still solid.  Its better to count your steps than counting the minutes you have walked.  Just because you were out of the house for an hour “walking”, doesn’t mean you were moving the whole time.  You could have stopped to chat with the neighbor, paused to admire a flower, stretch, you get the picture.  By counting your steps you know exactly how long you have been moving.  10,000 steps is good goal, but more is always better.

A good rule of thumb:  Walk as much as you can, whenever you can!

It’s such a simple thing to do, why not just do it?

(All information taken from Real Simple’s February Issue.) 

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