Walking is a low-risk physical activity that is the perfect way to ease into moving more if you’ve been relatively sedentary. It can also be adapted to any fitness level, making it an extremely versatile way to increase fitness and improve your health.
In addition to helping you lose weight, walking offers a number of health benefits including:
If you’re new to physical activity, there’s not much you need to get started. The only necessary gear is a good pair of supportive shoes and some comfortable clothes. You can get a set of headphones if you want to listen to music, a fitness tracker if you’re looking for some motivation or some fashionable workout gear, but none of that is needed.
Here’s how to ease into a regular walking routine:
The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. This equates to about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, but you can break up your activity any way you want. Even short amounts of physical activity add up over time, so if you can’t commit to a 30-minute walk, try to fit in a few 10-15 minute walks throughout the day.
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