a Fitness Walking Program
Walking is one
of the easiest and least expensive forms of exercise. All you need
is a good pair of walking shoes, comfortable clothing, and the motivation
How to start: Start out slow and easy. It can be as simple
as walking outside or more high-tech such as walking on a treadmill.
Most people can start out with a brisk 10 minute walk. That's it!
Do this every day for a week. If this was too easy for you, add
five minutes to your walks for week 2. Keep adding 5 minutes until
you are walking as long as desired.
Posture: How you hold your body is very important to walking
comfortably and easily. With good posture you will be able to breathe
easier and you will avoid back pain.
The best way to prevent dehydration is to maintain body fluid levels
by drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after a walk.
- Stand up
- Think of
being a tall and straight, do not arch your back.
- Do not
lean forward or lean back. Leaning puts strain on the back muscles.
- Eyes forward,
not looking down but rather 20 feet ahead.
- Chin up
(parallel to the ground). This reduces strain on neck and back.
- Shrug once
and let your shoulders fall and relax, your shoulders slightly
- Suck in
- Tuck in
your behind - rotate your hip forward slightly. This will keep
you from arching your back.
If you are
not sure how much fluid to drink, you can monitor your hydration
using one of these methods.
yourself before practice and again after practice. For every pound
you lose during the workout you will need to drink 2 cups of fluid
to rehydrate your body.
Check the color of your urine. If it is a dark gold color like
apple juice, you are dehydrated. If you are well hydrated, the
color of your urine will look like pale lemonade.
not an accurate indicator of how much fluid you have lost. If
you wait until you are thirsty to replenish body fluids, then
you are already dehydrated. Most people do not become thirsty
until they have lost more than 2% of their body weight. And if
you only drink enough to quench your thirst, you may still be
Keep a water
bottle available when working out and drink as often as you want,
ideally every 15 to 30 minutes.
& Flexibility: Incorporate a warm up, cool down and stretches
into your routine. Start your walk at a slow warm up pace, stop
and do a few warm up stretches.
Then continue your walk for the desired length of time. NEVER
start stretching before completing at least a 5-7 minute walk.
Think of your body as a car engine and your blood as oil. You
need to lubricate your joints before you start. End your walk
with the slower cool down pace and stretch well. Stretching
will make you feel great and assist in injury prevention.
One of the most difficult things about starting a fitness program
is developing consistency and habit. The Top
5 Tips will help motivate yourself to walk. You should walk
fast enough to reach your target
heart rate, and slow enough that you can still maintain a
Depending on your goals, you may want to evaluate your walking
routine every 4-6 weeks. If you are walking for general health,
you will benefit from a minimum of 15 minutes per day, but you
may choose to walk longer periods to enhance cardiovascular fitness.
cardiovascular fitness it is recommended to walk a minimum of
20-25 minutes at as fast a pace as possible, without running and
without laboured breathing. If you are walking for weight loss,
you should walk a minimum of five days a week for at least 35-45
minutes or more within your target
If you're new to walking, start off with slow, short sessions
and build your way up gradually. If you have any health concerns
or medical conditions, be sure to check with your a physician
for advice before you begin.
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