How to start your walk-to-work program

iStock_000004129197Small_Businesswoman walking HOW TO START YOUR WALK-TO-WORK PROGRAM

 

Are you looking for a great way to get fit and healthy, without spending a cent? Forget about expensive gym memberships, fancy equipment, or insane exertion – according to the experts, all you need to achieve a healthier lifestyle is your own two feet.

 

Walking is one of the most efficient low-impact exercises for burning calories. Depending on body weight and exertion level, most people can burn 30-50 calories per mile walked – that means you could burn off that skinny cap on your way to work!

 

Here’s our quick beginner’s guide to getting a good walk-to-work routine going:

 

1. WORK UP TO A SPEEDY PACE

Strolling is great, and it certainly has a place in a healthy lifestyle. However, you need to work up to a vigorous pace in order to achieve full cardiovascular benefits. Aim for at least a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being virtually no effort and 10 being intense effort.

 

2. INVEST IN GOOD SHOES

If you plan to make walking an ongoing part of your life, shoes with sufficient padding and arch support can help you avoid blisters, pain, and overuse injuries.

 

3. HOLD OFF ON USING WEIGHTS

You may be tempted to add resistance with ankle or wrist weights, but according to experts, these accessories can increase beginners’ risk of injury. Instead, pick up the pace for a more challenging workout.

 

4. HAVE A WET WEATHER PLAN

Don’t let winter or ugly weather derail your walking program. Try a treadmill, or find a shopping mall or indoor track that welcomes walkers.

 

You don’t have to go all-out to get the benefits of exercise, especially if you’re easing into a new workout program. A simple, consistent walking program is all you need to get on the path toward better health.

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