Walking for health
Fitness walking has become increasingly popular
over the last decade. If you can't run or just
don't like jogging, fitness walking can help you
achieve many goals, especially cardiovascular
A brisk walk will burn the same amount of
calories per mile that jogging does (approximately
100 calories). Because it's important to increase
your heart rate during fitness walking, it's
important to walk in areas with an incline,
avoiding extremely flat areas.
Walking is a great sport because you can include
friends, family and pets or just do it by yourself.
There are benefits to having a walking partner, one
of the best being motivation.
Anyone can participate in fitness walking. It's
something you can do any time, morning, noon or night.
Plus, you don't need to buy expensive equipment to
get started. In fact, fitness walking is the most
inexpensive sport in which you can participate.
When you first start out, remember that you
many not be in the best of shape. Start out slow,
and before you know it you'll increase your distance
and see great results. Make sure to listen to your
body to avoid overexertion and muscle strain.
Remember that stretching before and after each
walk improves circulation and prevents muscle
soreness. Finally, set realistic goals and enjoy