It's time to get moving! Why? Because walking not only helps you lose weight, it can also make you feel better. Walking and other types of physical activity have so many benefits – burning calories at the same time is just a bonus! Some great benefits of increased activity are:Reduced feelings of stressBetter sleepLower risk of heart diseaseIncreased energyAnd many more...
Don't stop after the Heart Walk. Make physical activity part of your lifestyle.Listen to your favorite music while walking to keep your pace brisk and invigorate your spirit.Recruit a buddy! Having a partner to share in some or all of your weekly walks provides extra motivation and fun. It will also help hold you both accountable to follow through. Don’t forget “man's best friend” works too.Make your walks enjoyable. Walk outdoors, at sunrise, or take your lunch with you for a picnic at the park.You'll burn more calories and achieve greater health benefits when you walk at a “brisk” pace instead of a leisurely stroll. So, pick up your pace as if you are late to a meeting.In the hustle and bustle of life, many people need and want time to relax and rejuvenate their spirit. Walking is the perfect way to add daily “me-time” to your busy schedule.During weight loss, resistance training helps you lose more fat and less muscle. Make resistance training a part of your routine two days each week.
Moving more isn't just about running 5Ks and torturing yourself in a spinning class. You can choose simple ways to move. Do what works for you. Work in the garden, park far away from the shopping mall, and run around with your kids! Take lunchtime walks, join a yoga class or simply take the stairs whenever possible. As little as 10 minutes of aerobic activity can provide health and wellness benefits. If you feel like challenging yourself, the more activity you do, the more benefits you'll see!