I try to walk 3 miles a day on the treadmill and then increase my "steps" throughout the day. I got a fitbit last year and it's a great motivator to increase the distance. I find myself scheduling my walk time before anything else these days and saying to people "well after my walk I can!" That's a real change for me!
Fitness Minutes: (22,128)
9,132 1/22/13 11:11 A
For me, it clears the mind. If something is bothering me or I'm worried about something, a brisk walk makes the world a better place. Silly, but works!
Fitness Minutes: (2,875)
439 1/22/13 10:05 A
Walk with my Aussie every day. Aside from the physical benefits I love being outdoors and enjoying the world I see!
Fitness Minutes: (1,284)
40 1/22/13 9:25 A
Walking is one of my favorite things. I live about 1.25 miles from the building where all my classes are this semester, so I walk to them every morning and back every afternoon. For me, not only is the exercise wonderful, but it's also my "me" time where I can get my thoughts in order before and after classes.
Fitness Minutes: (89,091)
11,874 1/22/13 7:38 A
It provides you with a new perspective that treadmills and indoor exercising cannot (just a change is often a good thing).
You can do it with a friend, without having to look odd, dress a certain way, or whatever. You can exercise your (or someone else's) dog, too You can even volunteer to walk the SPCA dogs, and be doing you and them a favor
Fitness Minutes: (14,082)
816 1/22/13 12:34 A
I've been walking for 22 years! Thanks for the reminder.
Fitness Minutes: (3,618)
80 1/22/13 12:11 A
Benefits of walking
Walking, like other exercise, can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. Walking can help you:
Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) Lower your blood pressure Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes Manage your weight Improve your mood Stay strong and fit
All it takes to reap these benefits is a routine of brisk walking. It doesn't get much simpler than that. And you can forget the "no pain, no gain" talk. Research shows that regular, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, such as jogging
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.