Walking Your Way To A Healthy Life

With the weather cooling down and Thanksgiving being last week, this is the perfect time to start walking. Most people don't think of walking as exercise but it can really go a long way. Plus it is super simple. All you need is a pair of good tennis shoes. Walking can lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. This simple activity has so many great health benefits, so why don't you start now?

The best time to walk is early in the morning or later on in the evening. Choose the cooler parts of the day so you are comfortable. It's even good to walk after eating a meal as it will aid digestion. If you don't exercise on a regular basis start small, like I've said before. Begin with 10-15 minutes, walk around the block and over time, increase this. Once you get in the routine of walking and get in better shape it will become a walk in the park...literally. 

If your schedule is too busy during the day to fit in a walk you can split it up. Do 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes when you get home from work. It's not a lot of time out of your day. One thing you can do is when you go somewhere, park farther away. This will increase the amount of steps you are getting. Also, be aware if you are taking elevators or using the stairs. Which one do you think is the better option?

Another good idea is walking with a buddy, Find someone who has similar goals and wants to be healthy. This will make your walks more enjoyable and time will go by faster. It will also hold you accountable! 


Source: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

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