Walk Your Way to Fitness

23 Jul 2018 no comments TASTEHAVEN Categories Uncategorized

A daily brisk walk along with your healthy meal plan can help you live a healthier life.

  • Regular brisk walking can help you maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Improve your mood.
  • Improve your balance and coordination.
  • The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.

Choose your course carefully.

  • Be safe. If you’ll be walking outdoors, avoid paths with cracked sidewalks, potholes, low-hanging limbs or uneven turf. Consider walking at a well lit trail or in a shopping mall that offers open times for walkers.
  • Warm up. Walk slowly for five to 10 minutes to warm up your muscles and prepare your body for exercise.
  • Cool down & stretch at the end of  your walk.

Use proper walking techniques:

  • Hold your head up and look forward, not at the ground.
  • Relax your neck, shoulders and back.
  • Swinging your arms freely with a slight bend in your elbows.
  • Your stomach muscles are slightly tightened and your back is straight, not arched forward or backward.
  • Walk brisk and smoothly.

Stay committed & motivated

  • Start with a simple goal, such as 10 minutes a day during your lunch break then increase it each week.
  • Make walking enjoyable. If you don’t enjoy walking alone, ask a friend or neighbor to join you. If you’re invigorated by groups, join a walking group. You might like listening to music while you walk.
  • Vary your routine. If you walk, plan several different routes for variety.

Once you take that first step, you’re on the way to an important destination — better health.