Walk Your Way to Wellness

Denise Austin by Denise Austin | December 16, 2016 | Workouts

Get fit by walking

If you don’t currently lead a very active lifestyle, thinking about starting a new exercise routine can be daunting. You might be asking yourself some of the following questions:

  • Where do I begin?
  • How often do I need to work out?
  • Am I going to have to learn a new set of skills to get started?

Working on your physical fitness doesn’t have to be so stressful. If you’re just getting started, there’s no need to make things complicated. You can get fit and improve your health just by walking! This is one activity that requires no equipment, can be done literally anywhere, and is something anyone can do. And AARP can help, with their Fit Fun Challenge. It’s going on RIGHT NOW, so sign up today!

How to Get Fit by Walking

I strongly believe that you shouldn’t have to change your entire life in order to live healthier. By making a few changes, you should be able to fit healthy habits easily into your everyday life. Walking is one of those easy changes that can drastically improve your well-being.

You could be starting a workout plan from nothing, trying to fit exercise into your busy schedule, or you could just really dislike the idea of an intense workout. That’s okay! Working out doesn’t actually have to feel like “working out”! And you can always start as slow as you need to.

Walking for just 30 minutes per day is all you need to reap the benefits of physical activity. It can be as effective (if not more so) than jogging. While walking, you can burn fat, boost your metabolism, and/or lose weight. Exactly how much you get out of it will depend on the intensity of your walks and what other healthy habits you’re practicing during the rest of your time.

My Tips for a Successful Walking Routine

You don’t have to follow any type of guidelines when walking. Just listen to your body and do whatever feels comfortable. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your walks.

  • Wear the right shoes (supportive and not too worn out)
  • Walk with a friend (or join a walking group/club)
  • Wear a pedometer to track your steps (it can help motivate you!)
  • Choose to walk instead of drive when you’re going somewhere close by
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible
  • Mix it up a bit (don’t go the same route or at the same pace every time)

Different Types of Walking

Walking is such a great form of exercise, but sometimes you need to spice things up a bit. Try out any of the following for your 30 minutes of cardio.

  • Power walking
  • Hill or incline walking
  • Beach walking (an especially great workout for your calves!)
  • Interval walking (alternating moderate walking with speed walking)

So, put on your shoes, grab a friend or family member, and get out of the house or office for a quick energy-boosting, metabolism-boosting, and fat-burning workout anytime. You can also do my Walk With Me Workout when you start your free trial of my 10-Week Plan!

Let’s get fitter, together – inside and out!


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