Fitness & Exercise

Say No to the Gym. Walk Instead!

I dream of walking into my old age.

Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot… is all it takes. And this is my humble suggestion to people who are determined to be part of the widespread obesity epidemic taking over the world – Just walk. Remember how happy it made your parents when you took your first step. Remember how you felt when your child took his or her first step. And then another. Walking was just meant to be.

There was a time when walking was seen as a great route to healthdom. Until the era of aerobics, calisthenics, marathons, plyometrics, HIIT, Circuit, Zumba, TRX and Tabata. Exercise technology has become both sophisticated and complicated. Perception of workouts are that the harder and more complex they are, greater the benefits. Walking is perceived as a game for the de-conditioned, lazy and the old.

But not everyone enjoys running, jumping, pulling, pushing or suspending himself or herself into health. Some people simply love walking. It’s why treadmills are the most used machines in a gymnasium and the most bought machines for the home (also really handy as towel racks).  Some people find it most natural, others private, or a great way to walk through one’s thoughts.

So how can you tweak it to your advantage? How can you make walking work hard, or hard work?

But before that…

Scientific data has proved that the cumulative effects of walking can reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, help in the prevention of hypertension, improve insulin/glucose metabolism for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes and aid in the treatment of some musculoskeletal diseases especially when you don’t want joint load especially your knees and back while exercising.

The answer to making walking a preferred and hard working exercise option is simple. Use today’s exercise technology and strategies for walking. Today’s Walk-Lovers could effectively use tactics such as loading with a backpack, sharper pacing through brisker or longer strides, longer distances, inclined treadmill walking (be careful of the posture) and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Walking Programs.[/one_half]

Touching more specifically on HIIT Walking Programs, these have been based on the results of research studies on aerobic forms of exercise such as running, jogging and cycling. Fitness Instructors, based on the conclusions of these studies and fitness levels or health and exercise contraindications of each client can easily develop walking Programs. Walking Programs, like any other exercise program, will have warm-ups, the main body of the program and a cool-down phase and will offer benefits similar to other low to medium intensity programs.

So you now can enjoy walking your way through life.

Its just a great way to be.

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