Using a Walking Plan is an Easy and Effortless Way of Getting Exercise

Using a Walking Plan is an Easy and Effortless Way of Getting ExerciseJust the thought of starting an exercise program can be intimidating for someone who hasn’t exercised for a while.

However, a Walking Plan can take the stress away, you know what and how much to do and when to do it. The biggest obstacle is often how to get started

… but do you know what, your ability to exercise is inherent in your ability to walk – it is as simple as that!

Physically Activity – Walking Plan

We walk every day, clocking up several kilometers without even thinking about it, so it should not be too hard to add a few more here and there. Once you begin walking outdoors every day, you will find it is simple and enjoyable. But you have to start!

Walking has very little impact on the joints compared to running and skipping – which you can always do later as you gain higher levels of fitness. It also has to be one of the most cost effective ways to get exercise, as it does not require a personal coach / trainer or gym membership. And while not absolutely essential the only equipment needed is a good pair of walking shoes.

However, if you have coronary heart disease, are over age 55, have been inactive, or have diabetes or another medical problem, then please check with you health care provider before starting a physical activity program. Your health care provider can give you advice on how rigorous the exercise should be.

So How Much Walking Do You Need to Get Fit?

If you are starting out in poor shape, we suggest a slow-paced walk that is fast enough to cause your heart rate to rise. For those in a better condition, you will probably need to walk at a brisker pace faster or a longer distance to see any results.

If you have not been physically active for a while we suggest that you talk with your health care professional, before you commence with your walking plan (below). However, regardless of what shape you are in when you start, the more vigorous your walking pace and the longer distance traveled, the more dramatic and noticeable the results will be.

Studies also show brisk walking burns the same amount of calories per hour as running, and it is not as strenuous on the body.

Tips to Stay Motivated with a Walking Plan

Ask other people to walk with you. Find a partner or a group. When you know someone else is waiting for you, it keeps you going

Wear comfortable shoes and good socks to help cushion your feet

Wear clothes that are right for the season. Try using layers of clothing in the cold weather to keep you warm, and cotton clothes in the summer to keep you cool

Drink plenty of water. It doesn’t have to be that fancy bottled stuff — get your own container and keep it filled with plenty of regular water. Carry it with you if you can

Don’t forget to stretch before you walk. Try to start off slowly

Be safe — pay attention to your surroundings

Walk in a safe place that has plenty of lights in the evening

Try walking around a local school’s parking lot, or going to the mall

Try to walk at least three times a week. It may seem like a lot at first, but you will gradually build up

Try to think of your walk in three parts. Imagine a warm-up period at the beginning, challenge yourself with a brisk pace in the middle, and finally picture a cool-down. You can feel success when you finish each part
Sample Walking Program

Sample Walking Program PDF File for better printing

PLEASE NOTE: The information contained on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical Advice.

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