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Get Ready To Spice Up Your Walking Program

More and more women opt for walking as a form of cardiovascular exercise to burn calories and melt away the unwanted fat. Walking for fitness is certainly much more than going out for a stroll. It incorporates the muscles of the upper and lower body making it a GREAT aerobic activity.

Regular fitness walking strengthens and tones muscles; increases stamina, metabolism and energy; burns calories and fat; relieves stress; improves cardiovascular health; lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. Best of all, it’s easy on the joints (low-impact) and light on the pocket.

Check out the following tips to add variety & intensity in your walking program.

  • Start with easy 20 to 30 minute walking sessions two or three times a week, in case you are a beginner else you can omit this step. Even if you feel great, try to hold yourself back for a few days because it may take your body that time to respond to the new training load. Develop short-term goals (ie. “I will walk for 20 minutes after lunch every day this week”) and reward yourself for accomplishing them.
If you want to firm up the upper body, try a pair of wrist weights to really pump those arm muscles. Add another challenge to your walk with walking poles. The pushing action works your arms, back, shoulders, and can burn up to twenty percent more calories than just walking alone.

Start with small, easily attainable goals, and work your way up gradually. Drink plenty of fluids. Bring a water bottle with you on your walk, and drink about 8-10 ounces of water for every 20 minutes of your routine to remain properly hydrated.

Last but not the least Keep a log of your time, distance walked, and calories burned for motivation.

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