If you are like the majority of Americans, you probably started out 2021 with some resolutions. In fact, the most common resolution has something to do with losing weight and getting in better shape. Statistically speaking, only 5-10% of people actually stick to the resolutions of achieving better health, so don’t let the 2022 New Year’s ball drop on this year's goals without taking steps to achieve them. Stick to your resolution by focusing on simple, life-changing habits that will start you on the road to your optimum wellness.
There are many different avenues to pursue to obtain proper physical fitness and health, from health clubs to civic centers to personal trainers. However, the most convenient and inexpensive way to get fit and stay fit is establishing a walking program. Walking allows you to reduce stress and it boosts your energy level. It also provides the benefits of aerobic exercise and can help you keep fit, lose weight, and keep it off.
...even if you are receiving care for various medical conditions...
Walking allows you to lose weight because the increased oxygen demand burns fat and allows you to keep it off by maintaining the aerobic activity. Even if you are fit, regular walking at the right pace provides many of the same benefits as other aerobic sports. As for safety, walking can be safe even if you are receiving care for various medical conditions.
When beginning to walk, the first few minutes should be at a slow pace to warm up the body. As for total walking time, if you are walking for general health benefits, try to walk around 20-30 minutes a day, around five days a week. If you are walking for weight loss, increase your walking time to around 45 to 60 minutes at a brisk pace.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there!