Sunday, June 12, 2011

WALK INTO YOUR HEALTH


Walking, walking, and walking is great for our body, mind, and soul. Researchers says that walking is the best exercise. It flex one’s muscles and relaxes your mind. Walking also helps you in losing weight, especially in toning your lower body. 
Make your legs your means of transportation for short distances. Aim for at least 45 minutes of brisk walk a day (15 mins/mile). 
Pedometer is a great tool in keeping you accountable and challenged. It makes you work towards your goal slowly, as you can keep history of your steps, miles, and calorie burned for each day, making day-to-day comparison a breeze. 
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Ways to incorporate walking
  • If you take public transportation to work, walk from your stop to work. (If it is a mile and a half away - takes about 15 - 20 minutes)
  • If you drive to work, try and park your car as far as possible from the building.
  • Incorporate 10 minutes walk after each meal. (3 times a day makes 30 minutes)
  • At work, walk around your campus during lunch or break times.
  • Take the stair as much as possible and avoid elevators. (If your health permits)
  • Walk to stores closer to home instead of driving. (If it is a mile and a half away - takes about 15 - 20 minutes)
  • Join the walking group or make your buddies or your neighbors part of your walking regime. This way you can keep each other accountable working towards your weight loss goals.


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