Incorporating exercise into your life is not always easy, especially when you are busy or when you are out of shape. However, if you make walking for fitness your choice of activity, you really can’t go wrong. This can be a place to start, or simply a new habit to instill for a lifetime of healthier living. Here’s why it works.
Walking is Easy
Walking can be tailored to almost any individual. Low impact or high, most people can find enjoyment in walking and it is easy to do. If you are out of shape, start slow. But start. Walking burns calories and has many health benefits.
Walking Doesn’t Have to Take Long
Walking doesn’t have to last all day. Making a commitment to add it into your daily or weekly routine is not difficult, even for the busiest of individuals. It won’t take long to notice a healthful change in your physique. You can go on short walks, long walks or just walk more throughout your day by making simple changes like taking walking meetings at work, using the stairs and parking your car further away from destinations. Commit to one mile a day or a two miles three times a week. Even an added 20 minutes of walking, if done consistently, can constitute healthful exercise.
Walking Can be Done Anywhere
You can always find a place to walk, and by personalizing your exercise regimen to your likes you can alleviate boredom with ease. The first thing you need to do is find a place to walk that is enjoyable. It can be a beautiful place you love to revisit, or it can even be in a mall if you dislike the outdoors. If shopping is your passion, find a center of town to keep you visually stimulated as you window shop your routine. You don’t need a fancy gym membership to walk, no new exercise clothes and no one around you even needs to notice that you are exercising to make it count.
Walking Has Added Benefits
Walking is good for stress relief, clears your head, gives you time to problem solve and will build stamina if you want to build up exercising efforts in the future. Walking can be a multi-tasker. You can use to spend time with friends, chat with your spouse while incorporating healthy activity into your lifestyle or even to ensure that your kids get outdoors while you walk around the parameter of the playground or push them in a stroller through town. Walking can even be your leisure time.
Walking Can be Enjoyable
If exercising is typically something you dread, walking can help to eradicate such associations. You can take an iced coffee on your walk as a treat, take in sights that you have been wanting to visit or use the opportunity to reward your activity by walking to a frozen yogurt shop or a favorite restaurant for lunch. Taylor your regimen to be as enjoyable for you as possible and you will soon be someone who exercises regularly.
**photos are from public gallery