Health experts are always tell us that walking is the simplest way to get fit and they're right. Based on research, a 20 minute walk every day will induce anti-aging benefits that could add an extra 3 to 7 years.
Below are 5 easy ways to make walking more enjoyable, more productive and drive long term results.
No need to set a religious goal of hitting 10,000 steps per day. Just start walking every single day. How quickly you recover from exercise depends on a number of factors – fitness levels, exercise history, daily stress etc. It’s important to listen to your body and adjust your walk to suit your energy levels – gradually go a bit further or a bit faster, or if energy is low, treat your walk as a ‘work in’ to assist in recovery. Take it as slow as you want and focus on full diaphragmatic breaths. This will feel more like a moving mediation and is a really great way to cultivate energy and feel amazing!
Research indicates walking barefoot on grass or sand provides us with an adequate supply of electrons easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the earth. These electrons have many well documented health benefits, including an antioxidant effect that can protect our body from inflammation.
A great program to start with is doing 3 minutes of fast pace walking, aiming for an exertion level of about 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, followed by 3 minutes of slow paced walking. Aim for 5 sets of intervals totalling 30 minutes walking.
The Shinshu School of Medicine in Japan used these intervals in a study and discovered that the group's aerobic fitness increased significantly, blood pressure and leg muscle strength improved.
Bring your Dog
It'll give you a chance to enjoy your pet, destress and workout. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to walk your neighbour’s or friends!
The great thing about starting your day with a walk is how much you can get done. When we exercise in the morning, we are more likely to stay active and energetic throughout the day.
Whether it’s brainstorming a new idea, taking a conference call or catching up with a friend, a daily walk is the ultimate multitasking activity.
When it comes to walking, the most important step is that you do it regularly. Soon enough you will notice great results.