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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

For Those Of You Getting Ready To Start Working Out - Begin With A Walk

By Jim Salophokos

If you've determined to get rid of excess weight, then you'll have most probably have come up with some sort of exercise plan. Maybe you're new to working out or you haven't been exercising for some time. It probably seems somewhat daunting. But not to worry, there's an easy way to start exercising again: walking! You unquestionably should integrate walking into your exercise plan if it's not already there.

First, when you're setting up an exercise regimen, be sure and include walking as an everyday activity. If you have a pet then take your pet for a walk around the block for at least ten minutes. It may only have been ten minutes, but after a week that is no less than 70 minutes, which is quite a lot of walking. You can double this by merely walking your dog two times per day. A good thing you might want to consider is walking part of the way to workplace; you can make this as long as you want by merely stopping short of your workplace. You can do this regardless how far you live from your office. If you're fortunate enough to get just a thirty-minute or so walk to your office, that'll be an extra hour of walking each day. If you get on the bus to your office, you can just try to begin using a stop that's a little farther from either end. You'll see it truly is no big deal to add more walking to your daily workout plan.

Walking is one of the simplest and best things you can do to be healthy. The reason walking is so good for your heart and at helping you get rid of extra pounds is that it is the perfect aerobic workout. Walking is usually done in a leisurely manner, so you won't be stressing your joints too much, unlike running. I have a thin brother who seems to be able to consume anything he wants and remain thin. I asked him about it. He tells me doesn't know, but he mention that he walks a lot daily. When he reminded me of that, things suddenly made sense. Since, for many of us, nothing is more painless than walking, there's no excuse not to.

The moment you establish walking as a part of your everyday activities, it will become more painless to stay with it, and as a bonus you'll begin to notice you're losing some pounds, too. By walking you'll also feel better and you won't be bored by it because it's not strenuous at all, which will make you feel more inspired. As you walk more and observe changes, you'll want to do more or step up the intensity of your walks. Why shouldn't you, if you think you can do a lot more? Who knows? It could be that you'll love walking so much that you decide you can bring up the notch a bit by jogging. And you can go on to even more difficult workout plans, if you prefer.

You won't be able to find a really good excuse to not walk a short distance each day. Even if you have a hectic schedule you can take out 10 minutes to walk around the neighborhood, or if you're a member of a gym, nip in and do half an hour on the treadmill at a slow pace to start off with.

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