A simple walking program, a pedometer, and some quality walking shoes may be as beneficial to you as an expensive treadmill or elliptical trainer. Beginning a walking program and tracking it with a pedometer is a wonderful way to start a fitness/weight loss routine.
If your lifestyle is supportive of a walking routine and your doctor approves, this article will give you some ideas on how to get started in your walking program. An elliptical trainer, cross trainer, or treadmill may be better suited for you depending on the time you have available, your climate, and other conditions in your life.
Obtain a pedometer, quality walking shoes, comfortable clothing, and a walking log or journal.
Start slowly. Enjoy your time walking.
Have a long term goal of 10,000 steps daily. (approximately 5 miles)
Increase your speed and intensity only when ready.
Walk at the mall on rainy or cold days.
Buy new walking shoes before you need them.
Have a walking partner if possible.
Enjoy your city parks when possible.
Carry water and drink before you feel thirsty.
Log your daily steps.
Exercise does not have to be super intense to be beneficial. Walking is a great way to get moving and burn extra calories. Walking on a daily basis will lead to a lifelong habit that will bring you one step closer to your goals.
Remember that losing weight is simply a matter of burning more calories than you consume. A daily walking routine can help you burn extra calories. Make wise food choices and keep walking and you will live a healthier, leaner life.
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