For good health, longer life, more energy and an uplifted mood, you need to take a walk every day. If you can’t fit the suggested minimum of 30 minutes a day into your schedule, break it into 2 or 3 shorter segments. Ideally, you want to be taking 10,000 steps a day. Little techno gadgets like fitbit ttps://www.fitbit.com/zip will track your steps for you. If walking is your primary exercise, you can make it aerobic by gradually increasing distance, incline and speed.
INCREASES metabolism, muscle, mental and physical energy, oxygen intake.
DECREASES stress, risk of stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, diabetes.
IMPROVES sleep. ELEVATES mood. HELPS in losing weight and maintaining weight loss.
HOW TO WALK
Start at a slow, easy pace.
Head up, back straight, arms relaxed.
Lift shoulders up, back and down.
Gradually increase speed.
Attain a steady pace with a good stride.
Bend your arms at 90 degree angles. Pump them
back to your rear end and forward to mid-chest.
The faster you move your arms, the faster your feet will move.
Be aware of the movement of your body and
develop a sense of rhythm, grace and flow.
WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT? Add an extra 2,000 steps to your daily regimen. Take a 10 minute after dinner walk and you’ll increase metabolism and aid digestion.
LEARN MORE: www.walking.about.com
“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” Soren Kierkegaard
For more on exercise and walking: Make the Best of the Rest of Your Life http://tinyurl.com/ptudzr3