Thursday, May 23, 2019

Walk Your Way To The Perfect Body


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!


  1. Felicia

    We have a healthy lifestyles program at my work place, and they encourage walking. The company even sent us pedometers so we can record our steps on an average working day. It was really educational to start wearing one of these. I was surprised at how many (or how few) steps I take in a day. Wearing a pedometer also helps inspire you to beat your total from the day before, and if you’re at all competitive it’s a fun way to ramp up the amount of exercise you get. If you think about it, there are lots of easy ways to add exercise into your daily routing.

  2. Kylie

    Walking is my exercise of choice. I dislike running or doing heavy exercise due to a spine injury so walking is so perfect for me. It also means that the dog gets some exercise as well! Is walking in the morning better for you than walking in the evenings?

  3. Britt

    I used to walk as a teen, home from school every day. It was a nearly 3 mile walk. I was a little over weight when I started high school and by the end of 9th grade, my legs looked better, I lost weight, I felt more energized, It was amazing! I did nothing else, just walked home every day 5 days a week.

  4. Lily

    I try to get more steps in whenever possible, even when doing things like brushing my teeth I tend to march in place. Now that the weather is cooling off here I’m looking forward to going for more walks around the neighborhood (I absolutely hate walking in the heat), but on days when I don’t have time I try to use my stepping machine before bed. It all adds up!

  5. Maria Parker

    Yes, many people think that walking isn’t an effective exercise, but they’re wrong. I’ve seen great results.

  6. Violet

    I am addicted to walking now! I live on the beach so I walk to the nearest pier and back every morning ( nearly 4 miles! )

    • Anjelica Way

      Violet, what a great idea! I just flunked out on my 30-day ab challenge, so I think I’ll take up walking again. At least I found it to be fun! 🙂

      • Odetunde

        have you tried calorie-counting? My mom is a dibaetic and needs to loose major pounds… her Dr. suggested calorie-counting (it’s been three months and she has lost 40 pounds!!)… search calorie counters on google (or yahoo) and you can type in a food… and it will give you the amount of calories in that food! I would suggest cutting your calorie intake down to a maximum of 1500 calories per day… it isn’t easy… but tell yourself ‘this is a lifestyle choice’. also record your calories on a notebook or computer… it will help you!GOOD LUCK! Was this answer helpful?

  7. Marienne

    I love walking. You can do it at anytime, anywhere, and don’t need a gym membership or any equipment.

  8. Jamie

    I’ve been walking after dinner to work off some extra weight. I started at a quarter mile a few weeks ago and have worked my way up to walking two miles every evening.


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Jennifer Olson
A mother of three, lover of children and keeping them (and us adults!) as healthy as can be. I have worked as a midwife and nurse for 12 years. Email: [email protected]

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