Walk Instead of Run?…Okay
Hey how’s everything today?
Hope you are having a great day as I am!
So I know there is a lot of attention paid to running for weight loss and for overall cardiovascular conditioning and such. While this is true, not everyone is a runner at heart of even willing to give it a try. While I would certainly encourage anyone and everyone if physically able to give it a try and stick with it, you will be surprised of the massive benefits. That’s another post in itself! If, however you feel running is not suited for you and you’d rather walk then here is some information and tips to help you out…but first
In order to enhance your aerobic walking exercises, you will need:
Apparel – Whatever your wear should be comfortable and lightweight. You don’t
want to wear anything tight where your skin cannot breathe. Clothes that are made
from cotton are good to wear.
If you are a night walker, wear light clothing and use reflective tape if you are
sharing the road with vehicles. They will be able to see you. Not too many people
walk at night, but if you do, have a partner. It’s dangerous to walk by yourself
when it’s dark.
Walking shoes – When you start walking, you want to feel comfortable. Your
walking shoes should be lightweight and durable. Get a pair that have a round heel
and are breathable. Water resistant shoes are good if you will be walking in various
kinds of weather.
Using a pedometer will help you to measure your walking distance. It’s easy to use.
You just program it and attach it to your belt or waistband. Once you have finished
walking, you will know how long you have walked for that time period.
While you are walking, you should find out what you target heart rate is. It’s
important to know that so that you can either increase or decrease how fast you are
walking. There are several accessories you can use for that purpose:
In order to calculate your heart rate, you would take your age and remove that
number from 220. Then you would take the difference and multiply it by the
percentage you are looking to shoot for.
The more that you walk, the more that you will get fit. So this means you will have
to eventually start walking every day. Make it a habit and gradually work your way
up to that point.
Stick with the 150 minutes or so per week. As you continue at that pace, you can
work your way up to 45 minutes or an hour per week.
Keep up with your progress. Take daily readings of your aerobic walks. You will
see how far you have come since you started. Once you see your numbers looking
the same, you will know that it is time to make some adjustments to your fitness
Once you start making strides, reward yourself. Some people go out to eat when
they have reached an achievement. Some say you should skip the food. If you’re
not careful, you can overeat or eat the wrong foods. More rewarding things that
you can do is go shopping for yourself, going to a movie, or getting your nails done
or a massage. These are things that are worthy of rewards.
This should get you started off on the right foot! I hope you enjoyed reading!
Have a Great Day!