I think that walking is underrated. When you think of getting into shape or losing a lot of weight walking is not the first exercise that comes to mind. However it is a wonderful way to get you body up and moving and it has so many benefits that I think every able to should add walking to their regular routine. Here a list the benefits of walking 30-60 minutes five times a week.
1)Strengthens muscles, bones and joints
2)Helps with losing or maintaining weight
3)Controls blood pressure, boost "good" cholesterol
4)Lowers the risk of a heart attack or stroke
5)Reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer
6)Help with avoiding diabetes and gallstone surgery
7)Prevents constipation, osteoporosis and impotence
8)Protects against hip fractures
9)Lower stress levels and prevents depression
10)Relieves arthritis and back pain
12)Improves cognitive function
13)Easy on joints, very low risk of injury
14)Low start up cost, walking shoes and comfortable clothes is all you need
15)You still get these benefits if you split your routine into 10 minute sessions
16)Helps to curb your hunger so that you will eat less
17)You can walk indoors or in place when the weather is bad
18)It is easy to increase the intensity when you need to
19)Great way to spend time with family and friends
20)You can save money on gas if you "walk" your errands
To get started throw on come comfy clothes and a pair of gyms shoes and head on the door. You can walk first thing in the morning or go to the park after work. You can even take your gym shoe to work and walk up the stairs for 10 minutes during your lunch break. Walking is a great excuse to get some fresh air but it can also be very effective to pop in a walking DVD and workout at home; Leslie Sansone - Walk Away the Pounds - 30 Minute Walk is a great start. Leslie is perky, energetic and very encouraging instructor. It took me awhile to get use to Miss Sunshine but her smile is contagious which distracts you from how hard you are working. Even my husband liked her workouts. Leslie Sansone has a few YouTube videos if you would like to get an idea, but I choose this video bellow because it was a 10 minute routine.
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