Walking For Fitness

The oldest and most natural exercise, "Walking for Fitness," really works.

Do you want to exercise but find it too difficult? Have you wished for an exercise program that you could stick with? Many people don't exercise because they find most workouts too strenuous. They buy the latest workout tape, try it, find it too hard and they toss in the towel. Others have medical conditions that prevent them from doing these tough workouts. So what is the answer? How can you become fit without killing yourself in the process? There is a very simple solution. Let's go back to the oldest and most natural form of exercise, walking.

Walking for fitness is not only easy and simple but most people can do it. If you think that walking is too easy to call it a workout, or that it won't make you lose weight, think again. People were much healthier before the automobile became affordable. If you think back to when you didn't have a car you were probably thinner and healthier than you are now.

Many people are starting to realize that they can walk for fitness. Walking works all the major muscle groups. It increases your oxygen intake and oxygen is what burns calories. Walking does not cause as many injuries as other types of workouts. It can practically be done anywhere, anytime, and you don't need any special equipment other than a good pair of walking shoes. Most people will exercise regularly if their workout is one that they can keep up with without too much difficulty.

Walking allows you to control the intensity without quitting early. You can start a 20-minute walking program at a pace that's comfortable enough for you to complete your workout. As you become fit you can keep the same pace but increase your workout to 30 minutes. When this workout feels easy you can either increase the time to 45 minutes or increase your speed.

There are plenty of ways to build up a good walking program. You can try interval-walking, ten minutes at a comfortable pace, switch to a faster pace for five minutes, and back to the first pace for ten minutes. Keep switching back and forth for the length of your workout.

You may think that you should move to a more strenuous workout, maybe you think you should start jogging to get added benefits. Wrong, you can continue your walking workout for life making small changes that will give you added benefits without the injuries. Like I said before you can use many different methods to keep your workout challenging. When you feel that your program is becoming too easy begin walking uphill and downhill. Strap on some light ankle weights or switch to race walking.

You're probably saying, "Great for the lower body but what about my upper body?" If you are moving your arms as you walk, pumping them as you go, your upper body is definitely getting a workout. Also, if and when you feel ready you can use light hand weights to increase your upper body workout.

Where can you do all this walking? Practically anywhere, around your neighborhood, in the park, if you live near a mall you can walk in the mall. If you start a walking program, working out four times per week you will begin to see results rather quickly. You'll be burning fat and toning muscles. This kind of program is one that people would most likely continue for the rest of their lives. Walk for fitness, it's easy, safe, fun, but more importantly it works.

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