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Thursday, Oct. 19th 2017

Walking For Fitness This Fall – It Works! Skinny Stomach Wraps Plan

skinny stomach wraps walking for fitnessWalking for fitness – what does that mean in practical terms? I know many of us are enjoying the turn of the season and trading hot temps for much cooler and comfortable temperatures. For me, I’ve procrastinated all summer about waiting till the weather was cooler so I could start a walking program. I love walking. I love fall. So it’s time to get on the road to fitness in this household! You can get on the floor and start calisthenics, you can go to the gym or play sports…or you can start walking.

A brisk walk every day really can help you to live a healthier life, and walking for fitness isn’t complicated.

Walking for fitness will help you to maintain a healthy weight and it strengthens your bones and muscles, improves balance and coordination. It builds stamina and can improve your mood. And the faster and farther you walk for fitness – and the more frequently – the greater the benefits to your health. The first thing I noticed after about a month of walking was that I lost inches and inches – mostly around my stomach, which is where I needed it most!

Walking for fitness has many benefits besides just weight loss – it has been shown that if you walk for at least 30 minutes every day, you will reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 27%. It’s also the ideal exercise for controlling high blood pressure and improves circulation reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL). (Mayo Clinic).

When you make the decision to get started walking for fitness, plan a route – choose a smooth, even course, such as at a shopping mall or a sports field. Try to avoid uneven paths with potholes, low-hanging brush and uneven turf. And of course, make sure it’s in a safe area.

You’re going to need the right gear so choose good walking shoes with arch support, a firm heal and thick, flexible cushions for your feet that will absorb the shock. Wear comfortable, ‘breathable’ clothing that is appropriate for the weather. If you walk after dark, you should wear reflective garments.

Start out slowly. Five minutes will be enough to warm up your muscles and loosen you up enough to start. Then try to get in at least 15 minutes walking at a comfortable pace, with the goal of increasing your time and distance gradually.

Walking for fitness requires good posture and focused movements – here’s how you should look when you’re striding along –

Your neck, shoulders and back are relaxed. Focus, but don’t remain in a stiff posture – loosen up! Hold your head up! Don’t shuffle along looking at the ground.

Swing your arms freely with your elbows slightly bent – you can pump them if you want, but it’s not really necessary, although there are claims that it increases caloric burn.

You’ll notice your stomach muscles are tightened and your back is straight (not hunched over or backward).

Set a smooth, steady pace – roll your feet from heel-to-toe.

Breathe!

At the end of your walk it’s best if you cool down for a few minutes – try a few light stretches or walking in place. Some people like to do stretches before the walk and that’s okay, too – just remember to do some warm-ups first. Take some nice, deep breaths – in through your nose, out through your mouth. Now relax and congratulate yourself on getting started walking for fitness!

You can really walk your way to fitness and you can get started today.

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