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Walk Your Way to Success

By Tony Wolff, PT

 

Forget those expensive yoga classes and gym memberships—it turns out that one of the best, more economical exercises you can do costs you nothing at all and you can do it almost anywhere.  It’s true. Walking has reams of health benefits. And just because you do it everyday doesn’t mean it has to be routine. In fact, with a few tweaks you can turn an ordinary stroll into an intense workout and leave lost pounds behind you for good.

 

Whether you want to simply burn fat or boost your metabolism, walking can be an easy and effective way to keep you out of an exercise rut and prevent you from hitting those dreaded weight loss plateaus. Start today and you can be on your way to weight loss success. Here are few reasons why walking can help you sculpt your fittest, slimmest body yet!

  1. It’s Great for Busy, Time Crunched People
    As you already know, when you’re busy with work, school, family, and other commitments, finding time to exercise can be a challenging. Research tells us that we can still reap considerable benefit from multiple short exercise sessions throughout the day. Walking lends itself well to this idea of fitting in small sessions into your busy schedule. For instance, you could take a brisk walk during a lunch break, or any other small window of time during the day. And because it doesn’t require you to have to make a trip to a gym or exercise studio, 20 or 30 minutes is all you need.
  2. It’s FREE
    Walking doesn’t require a gym membership, so you can exercise whenever you want without incurring monthly dues. All you really need is a good pair of shoes and appropriate athletic clothing that you can keep at home or at work. And you don’t have to break the bank.
  3. It’s Easy on Your Body
    Since walking is low-impact and can be done in small doses, your body doesn’t take the same pounding you would get from running or contact sports. It’s easy on the joints and is a great way to get your heart pumping while reducing the risk of injury. Three 10 min sessions, spread through the day for example, can be better tolerated by your body than one 30 min walk—especially if you have joint issues.  

 

As with any new activity, walking progression should be done in a gradual and safe manner, as your body allows. Remember the Arthritis Foundation ‘two hour rule’, which states that any joint pain increase upon completing an activity should not last for more than two hours.

 

Now, the only thing left is for you is to get started. But don’t forget to check with your doctor before you begin any exercise program.  For weight management, and more importantly for overall health and well-being, walking is a great option that can help you achieve success!