Get fit one step at a time. Walking is something you do naturally every day, so it seems logical that it would be the best place to start to improve your fitness.
Just 30 minutes of walking a day can help you reduce your body fat, improve your muscle tone and cut down your risk from conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and type II diabetes. And best of all, besides the cost of a good pair of shoes, it’s free.
If you’re serious about improving your fitness and you’re really unfit, try this three times a week:
Remember to use your arms to propel yourself forward to improve the cardio benefit of walking:
Before you start a new exercise programme, get the all-clear from your doctor, particularly if you are older than 40, have a specific health condition, are very overweight or haven’t exercised in a long time. When you’re out walking, make yourself as visible as possible at all times – wear reflective gear (especially in the early morning and at dusk) and walk facing oncoming traffic. Avoid wearing or carrying items such as jewellery, cellphones and iPods that will attract muggers, and let someone know where you’re going and how long you’re going to be.
Three top tips to keep on going:
To really reap the health benefits of walking, remember it’s a long-term commitment rather than a quick fix. You’re not going to see results overnight, but a few months down the line you’ll start noticing that your jeans are a little looser around the waist and there’s more of a spring in your step.
By Nicci Botha
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