Let’s face it, ladies. We all have areas of our bodies that we are unsatisfied with and want to change.
In my family, there is history of heart disease and diabetes. I walk in hopes to prevent this later on, and I hope it will. A brisk, morning walking routine also strengthens your bones and builds muscles. If you want to maintain a healthy body weight, then tie those sneakers and let’s hit the pavement!
First, let’s look at your work environment. There is always going to be an elevator, but try to skip this option. Encourage yourself to take the stairs and get some fitness in before the day starts. While at the copier, consider marching in place. This sounds silly, but you’re burning calories, which will eventually turn into inches and pounds. You’ll be surprised what little exercise can add up to a great body. Likewise, walk to lunch instead of taking your car. Encourage your co-workers to join and walk with you. Before you know it, you have started the office on getting healthier. Go you!
Next, consider what you can do at home. Yard work is a big motivator to get in extra walking. Instead of using a riding lawn mower, use a push mower and mow quickly to burn more calories. Raking leaves is also a great exercise that works arm and leg muscles. If your yard has a fence, let out your dog and throw around a ball or Frisbee with him. It’s not hard to see where I’m going with this. The more you walk, the more you’re walk off the weight and reclaim the body you want so badly.
Furthermore, consider what amount of walking you do while not at home. Mall walking is the first type of walking that comes to mind. I always see people that have their ear buds in to music and are power walking past storefronts. This is excellent exercise and a fantastic way to get into that lower dress size. If your store is multi-levels, always take the stairs to the other levels. That’s right. To you, there are no escalators or elevators. When you’re out running errands, park far away. Let someone else have that close parking space by the door. The farther you walk, then the better you’ll feel. Before too long, you’re going to start noticing a big improvement.
Finally, keep your eyes open for any local walks that happen within your community. These might be walks that support cancer, autism or any other condition. They may not benefit a disease, but rather a person or situation. Gather your friends, co-workers and family and join up as a team. This is a fun way to encourage each other to eat healthy and get fit together. Likewise, any time spent with your support system shouldn’t be wasted but considered cherished. These are people you love, so make it fun.
Walking is tremendous exercise. It benefits core muscles and makes the heart stronger. Likewise, it lowers your risk of diseases such as stroke, asthma, high blood pressure or cancer. It prevents osteoporosis. This is because those who walk everyday have lower weight, which makes many individuals much healthier. The energy that it boosts in your body is like a rush, and it leaves you wanting to do more. So, let’s tie those sneakers and get that music jammin’ because we have to go walking!