Walking is one of the easiest, most enjoyable and the least expensive way to get fit, lose weight, reduce stress, and improve your quality of life. All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothing, and desire. It’s super easy but that doesn’t mean is not effective. Find out how to start Walking For Weight Loss And Better Health.
Did you notice how I always emphasize the importance of regular exercise? It has such a HUGE impact on our mental and physical health, but many people still ignore that fact, and despite all health benefits, they still think that squeezing a workout into a busy daily schedule is not doable nor important… until health problems appears, and hopefully not too late they wake up.
The problem also may lay in the fact that many people picture “exercising” and visualize GYM where people struggle with weird machines, breathe hard and sweat while having some painful, crazy training. It’s not the only way to exercise for health, you know. Many assume that less intense physical activity – like bike riding, hiking, swimming, and brisk walking (yes, WALKING) is a waste of time but in fact, any moderate daily exercise is excellent for health.
I was one of such person before. I had so many excuses because losing weight, and my health wasn’t my priority. My wrong seeing of things kept me overweight and unhealthy for so long.
I’m not a gym / “no pain no gain” type (not many people are). But the simple truth is – there are so many ways you can exercise. Swimming, biking, yoga, pilates, zumba, gym, weight lifting, running… You just have to find a physical activity that suits you and that you enjoy and DO IT regularly. That means exercising for better health. It doesn’t have to be only your dream, a wish. I’m living proof that morbidly obese person who never LIKED any exercising nor ever DID any physical activity CAN BE active and enjoy every second of it.
Exercising means performing ANY form of planned, purposeful physical activity with the intention of realizing some health benefits. Like I’ve mentioned above, walking at a brisk pace is considered exercise too. It’s obvious actually since walking is a natural way in which we burn calories.
- Preventing or manage various conditions, like heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes,
- Strengthen your bones and muscles,
- Improves your mood,
- Improves your balance and coordination,
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
Walking is the most accessible form of physical activity and the easiest ways to get your body fit and into shape. You can even lose weight with brisk walking exercise.
When I finally decided to change my lifestyle, I knew that this change would involve moving my ass off the couch. I knew that I would have to find some activity and start exercising. I wasn’t thrilled about that because my condition was in a poor state, and my knees were killing me. I knew it would be HARD. The only thing I could do at that point was WALKING – at the slow pace and short distance at first – but I decided to do it regularly every day and see what happens. And so I started. In just a few weeks I began to feel better – energized. That motivated me to go further with my walking and to push harder.
Here’s how I started Walking For Weight Loss And Better Health.
I got the right GEAR for walking.
After I’ve done my first walking exercise in old flat shoes, I learned a valuable lesson – having the right shoes for walking is the most important thing. So next day I went shopping and got myself the walking shoes. When I choosing the shoes, I was looking for ones that got the proper arch support, a firm heel, and thick flexible soles, that are lightweight and most importantly – comfortable. The second most important thing is clothes. Make sure you get some comfortable clothes appropriate for weather conditions.
I chose a walking ROUTE.
In the beginning, I didn’t feel comfortable exercising around people, so I chose a familiar path through the park near my house where I felt relaxed and where I knew there are not many people around. Later, as I eased in my exercising, I chose a different route, but generally, I always avoided crowded places, sidewalks, and uneven turf to avoid getting injured. To make my walking exercise more interesting, I changed my route every 2 to 3 weeks.