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Walk This Way

May 20, 2013

One way to help improve your health is to have a walking routine in addition to your time spent in the gym and current cardio routine. Walking is simply one of the easiest, safest activates to burn calories. Walking is a great way to achieve your proper recommendations of cardiovascular exercise with low impact.

The minimum recommendation for cardiovascular exercise is 150 minutes covering most days of the week. That comes out to 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. Walking can be you’re a great way to supplement you cardio routine. You can build into your walking routine by starting off at 20 minutes a day 3-5 days a week.

You can then increase your duration to 30 minutes a day. Once you reach the 30 minute threshold you can increase the frequency of walking. Walking for 30 minutes can burn range of calories from 100-200 depending on your body composition among other factors

Another barometer to measure the proper duration of walking is to count your steps. Now you must be thinking it is impossible to count their steps. One way to track the steps you take daily is to use a pedometer. A pedometer is a step counter, and the research explains that quality of them is similar across the board.

They explain that the 20 dollar one works as well as the 120 dollar pedometer. Experts in the fitness field have stated that each able bodied person should reach 10,000 steps per day. Most people do not meet this mark every day. Some ways to help you meet this mark is to, take the stairs not the elevator, park your car at the end of the parking lot, and walking your pet if you have one. To say the least if you do not have a regular walking routine you should start.

Walking has low impact on your joints, a fun social activity to do with friends, and walking has a low injury risk. The social aspect to a walking routine can help you and your friend to stick to a regular routine. It also can help make exercising more enjoyable and give you a better chance to make walking a lifestyle change.


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