More exercise is something everyone needs to focus on in their daily routine, and walking more may be the best way to do it. The good part – there are no instructions or equipment required. A reliable pair of shoes is about all you need to get started.
Stiff knees and hips certainly make it harder, but not impossible if you start gradually and wear shoes with plenty of cushioning. Most exercise guidelines state adults should get two-and-a-half hours of moderate-intensity exercise a week, and walking at a pace of 3 mph is considered moderate-intensity exercise.
Knowing this doesn't necessarily make you walk more. Some exercise experts say humans are naturally sedentary creatures, evolved to be couch potatoes long before there were couches (or potatoes). Living conditions often support inactivity. Researchers state there are health effects of "built environments," and studies show people in the suburbs and rely on cars to get around, exercise less than those who live in places with sidewalks and nearby shops.
Flip the Switch…
Get started this month by adding moderate-intensity walks to your daily routine. You will burn fat during and after this workout. There are a few options to suit your needs: a 10-minute routine for busy days and an indoor option during inclement weather. Do at least 20 minutes of moderate-intensity walking on three nonconsecutive days a week. On alternate days, do lower-intensity activity for about 30 minutes per session. Remember, the more you walk, the more you will see and feel the results of your efforts. Also, having a partner or walking buddy is always a good idea – the encouragement and motivation will be a benefit for both parties. Now, step to it!
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