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Walking: Your New Favorite Part of The Day
Walking is inexpensive, needs little to no equipment and can be done almost anywhere. It can be your fitness plan to practice on the treadmills at our Medical Fitness Center, Kinetics. It can be your stress management method for the day when you finally give yourself some much needed alone time to think or step to your favorite music. It can also be your break time energy boost! It has been proven that even a short 5-minute walk will boost your energy and spirits without the shame and guilt that the vending machine leaves over you.
Keep a few things in mind to increase the benefit of this new favorite part of your day:
- Wear proper footwear. For most people, walking or jogging shoes offer enough support and cushioning.
- Wear reflective clothing at night.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after walking.
- Map your course. Choose one with pleasant scenery, infrequent traffic and even surfaces. Be sure it is sage and well-lit. Vary your walking routes, distance and pace to keep it interesting.
- Use proper form. Walk upright, but keep your upper body relaxed. Foot contact with the ground should be heel to toe. Hold your arms at a 90-degree angle, and swing them vigorously, but naturally, to help maintain momentum.
- Start slowly, then build. Your goal should be to walk at least 5 days a week for a total of 30 to 45 minutes per session.
- Buddy up! Walk with a family member, friend or co-worker.
- Count 'em! Use a pedometer and work up to walking 10,000 steps per day, which will give you the same fitness and weight control benefits as a 30 to 40 minute workout (i.e. jogging 3 to 4 miles).
- Have fun! Walk the trail, or the marked paths in and around your workplace, join a break-time walking group with your co-workers or participate in a charity 5K!
Blog Written by Tara Martin, Wellness Coordinator at Pomerene Kinetics