Have you decided that it’s time to get off the couch and get moving? That’s a great decision and one that will pay healthy dividends for years to come. Forget fad diets and quick loss exercise regimes. None of them are sustainable or healthy. When you begin a walking regime, be prepared for lots of changes to happen to your body rather quickly. You’ll have more energy, sleep better and become clear headed. After a few short weeks of steady walking, you’ll be more inclined to rid your pantry and fridge of process foods and huge piles of sugar. Your body will reward you yet again when you begin your healthy eating habits. Follow these tips from the experts to get started today!
Don’t wait until Monday to start your new healthy walking program. Grab your tennis shoes, load your favorite playlist and commit to walking just twenty minutes. The weather is no excuse. Forget the gym. Head to a big box store if it’s raining or the temperatures are extreme. Twice a day head out and walk for twenty minutes. Forgo the elevators and escalators and hit the stairs. You can conquer them one step at a time! As you develop your new routine, don’t stress about speed or distance, concentrate on frequency. You will gradually work up to walking longer distances at a faster pace. If you’re motivated by tracking your progress, invest in a basic fitness tracker.
After two weeks of daily walks, you’ll begin to feel a huge change in your body. That nagging fatigue will dissipate and you’ll have a renewed sense of energy. At this stage, begin to increase the intensity of your walks. Try short two minute power bursts followed by five minutes of steady, brisk walking. Gradually begin to increase your pace over the next week. You can track and record your progress on your tracker or a map your walk app. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you progress. Recruit a friend to join you or join a local walking club. Check your social media for local hiking or walking clubs and you’ll have a new team of like- minded individuals to keep you motivated. Good luck on your walking journey.