At one time or another you may have decided that it was time to get healthy, or time to lose weight, so you started a strict diet and exercise program…right? You might have even bought a pass to your local gym thinking you’d spend 4 to 5 hours there each week. The first week you may have gone every day that you had scheduled to go, the second week you were down to half if the days that you had initially planned on going, and by the end of the first month, or month and a half, you had you fizzled out completely. It’s no surprise to me—I’ve done it myself.
There is a much easier and more enjoyable way to losing weight and regaining health then a daily grueling 100 steps on a StairMaster, until you think your thigh muscles are going to spilt, or running on a treadmill while thinking all the time that you’ll fall off and crack your head open, or being bored to tears by the gym circuit. And don’t forget that feeling that your time and energy is wasted driving to the gym, and getting in and out of gym clothes. The alternative that people don’t think of is walking.
So, why is it that people don’t think of walking as a way of getting fit? Because of the popular myths, you know, “No pain, no gain;” “Feel the burn;” or, “No gain without the pain.” People just don’t believe that they’ll get any benefit from walking. But, here’s the thing, the average American only walks about 2,300 to 3,000 average steps a day compared to the average Japanese, who walks about 10,000 steps a day, and whose cultural group is considered to be one of the healthiest groups of people in the world. In this Huffington Post article, Liz Neporent reports that if Americans increased their steps by 2,000 a day they could maintain their weight instead of gaining the average of 1 to 3 pounds a year, and if they increased their weight by 6,000 steps and maintained a healthy diet, they would lose weight.
Walking could be the answer you’ve been looking for to get you started to lose weight, regain energy, and commit to healthy living. It’s low-impact so it won’t stress you joints, tendons and ligaments, giving you an excuse to stop. You can walk almost anywhere and at anytime of the day, although it is best in the morning or late afternoon when the air is the freshest. You can walk alone or with friends, and best of all, it’s completely free.
Please see the healthy living links below for more information on getting started with walking.