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Walking is the Best Exercise

Updated on November 10, 2011

Walking is a great exercise plan for those who want to get in shape and feel great.


Most people give up on their exercise plan because they lack the necessary motivation to keep to it day by day. In order to keep with an exercise program motivation needs to stay high. Consequently, it is important to select an exercise program that is easy to start and fun. In my opinion walking is an easy exercise for most people and it can be a lot of fun while improving one's health. The first thing to remember about exercise is that just about everyone walks around daily. All that is required is to add a bit of pep to your step. Soon you are on your way to getting in shape and looking better.

Getting Started
First it is important to determine how in shape you are at this point. Consult with your doctor if you feel that you are really out of shape and have not exercised in a long time. Don't try to set too high a goal in the beginning. Take small steps in starting the walking exercise program. Your goal is to challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and exercise a bit more each day.

Equipment
Pair walking shoes
comfortable clothing
pair of light hand weights (optional)

Walking Program
Start the walking program by getting out in the fresh air. Start out walking for about ten minutes per day at a brisk pace. Walk in one direction away from home for five minutes. Turn around and walk back home. Congratulations! You've just started your journey to getting fit. Practice this routine three times per week. Add 1 minute extra to the routine each time you practice it until you reach thirty minutes. For example, walking fifteen minutes in one direction and turning around and walking back to origin. You've accomplished the thirty minute routine. Add a pair of light weight hand weights ( 1 or 2 pounds) after you are comfortable walking. This serves to burn more calories and tone the arms.

Moving Forward
Once you've reached your beginning exercise goal reward yourself. This usually is sufficient to keep motivation high. Buy that pair of walking shoes or sneakers you've been wanting. Buy that new exercise outfit or hand weights.  And when your fitness level improves think about setting a new goal. Try adding more minutes to the walking routine, using heavier hand weights, or exercising daily. Remember to keep making a few small changes to keep up motivation and challenging your fitness level.


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      6 years ago

      Interesting hub! I enjoyed reading about the different ways to motivate and challenge yourself.

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