Brisk walking can be enjoyable and beneficial at the same time. What are the benefits of walking? Read on and you shall see. Continue with Part 2
If you are a beginner though, it must be something that you start with on a gradual basis. Many times a person sees the need to “get in shape” and begins a routine of exercise. However, because of the initial interest, most will over do it and then quickly loose interest.
If you are wanting to start an exercise program, start slowly. Begin with just a few minutes each day until you get into a regular routine or habit. It has been shown that it takes a minimum of 30 days to either make a new habit or break an old habit. Exercise is no different. Do it for 30 days, then you can begin to increase your routine time-wise and endurance building.
Many who start out with good intentions over do it right at first. The next day, or perhaps two days after the beginner starts, they feel aches and pains that they have never felt before. Most usually quit at this point. That is the main reason to gradually work into a routine.
A good way to start is by a brisk walk. It can be done at almost any time of the day or evening. Find the time period that suits you best and stick with it. A popular walking exercise is done with light weights held in each hand while walking briskly. It should be more than a stroll, yet not at a run or jog. Just a quick-stepping walk while you move your arms to the front and back in a natural motion as you walk.
Many call this type of walk “power walking.”
However, there is another type of walking that instead of using light weights, you have properly lengthened poles in each hand. It resembles cross country skiing. In fact, you can use ski poles to begin with. If you are walking on a hard surface, just put rubber tips on the ends of the poles so as not to have them slip.
Another name for this type of exercise if called Nordic-walking. In fact, it was the cross country ski racers that came up with this type of training. It was to supplement their off season conditioning so as to stay in tip top shape when the winter snows began to fall.
This type of training started back in the 1980’s and then was adopted by the general public sometime in the 1990’s. Nordic walking is much more than just a passing fad. It is a way of life for many who want to keep as healthy as they can. It started in Finland and over the years has been introduced into many others countries.
The Benefits Of Walking Are Numerous
But why the use of poles? The Nordic walk with poles, exercises your upper body, while walking exercises you lower body. With the use of the ski poles while walking, you are working the muscles in you back, arms, neck, and abdomen.
It also has an added benefit of relaxing you as you walk. It speeds up your body so you burn calories faster and thereby drop many extra unwanted pounds of weight. If you are an office worker, try the Nordic walk. Those muscles that become stagnant by sitting at a desk all day can really enjoy being used again. It helps you to stay erect and breathing becomes easier.
When we use the poles instead of the light weights, we walk in a more erect position. It helps us to stand straighter with a much slimmer waistline.
One more benefit of the poles is that as we walk, it can relieve joint pain and joint pressure by allowing some of our weight to be distributed to each of the poles. The poles can also help keep our balance if we are walking on uneven ground, snow, ice, or other types of soils.
If we are serious about Nordic walking, we need to have a well fitting and ankle supportive type of shoe. They should be used only while we exercise, not for everyday use. If we really enjoy wearing this type of shoe, then buy two pair. One for daily use, the other for our Nordic walking. Why two? Because we will mentally get ourselves ready when we put on our “walking shoes.”
Walking is beneficial for all. Running or jogging is also beneficial but it can cause injury or joint pain especially if we are not as young as we used to be. Why not start out with walking? It is a great way to really enjoy life.
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Brisk walking – Great fun and exercise!
Don’t Like To Walk?
Many choose a different type of exercise. Bicycling is another type of exercise that has a low impact on most people. Plus, you can enjoy the scenery as it passes. Have you considered this as a stepping stone to walking?
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