More Walking Tips
In this article I share with More Walking Tips. One of the greatest exercises we have is walking. The best part is that it’s free. So why an article on walking? Other than a pair of running shoes you do not need any special equipment. You already know how to do it and no personal trainer is needed!
This article will give you some ideas on how to spice up your walking program to fight boredom and accelerate the weight loss benefits.
The key to success with any exercise program is to keep doing it on a consistent basis. Make exercise a habit. But sometimes the same routine can lead to boredom. Once in a while it is good to spice up your walking workouts.
Get Different Walking Partners – Maybe you prefer to walk alone and meditate or mentally go over your to-do list for the day, but many people enjoy the social interaction of walking with someone else.
Even having a friend or neighbour or even your husband or wife walk with you during the week. Try walking with someone else on the weekend. Make it fun! Instead of meeting for coffee or going out to eat, call up a friend and suggest a walk in a nearby park or mall.
Change Your Location – Unfortunately in the winter it may be too cold to walk outdoors so walking on a treadmill or in a mall may be best. But as the temperature warms up, it’s a perfect time to get out and enjoy a nice walk in the warm breeze. Enjoy the outdoors, pick places where you can enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Listen To Inspiring Music – If you prefer to walk alone do you listen to music? Buy some new CD’s or put some new music into your mp3 player. Do you listen to books on CD? It’s easy to pick up digital books from the internet or your local library. Downloading pod casts from I Tunes is easy and they have a huge selection to choose from. Most of them are free.
Burn More Calories
Maybe you’d like to make your walks more challenging. Here are some ways to get your heart pumping a little faster.
Put on a backpack – An easy way to add more weight and make it comfortable is to add books, water bottles, or even rocks into a backpack and walk with it. It’s best to start light and gradually work your way to heavier weights.
Got a Stroller? – If you’re a Mom or Dad you might already be walking with your kids in a stroller. But if you haven’t been doing it consistently, it can be a great way to get your kids some fresh air while you burn some calories. Find out if there are any other parents who walk or join walking groups and take the kids walking with you. You can check places like Craigslist for walking buddies.
Find Some Hills – Mountains or hills are a great way to burn extra fat and calories and works different muscles than just walking on the flat ground.
Stair Climbing – Climbing stairs is an exciting way to burn fat and is an invigorating alternative to walking. You can even take the elevator down to avoid stress on your joints. Climbing stairs in your hotel is also a good workout when your travelling.
Take It Up A Notch – If you are the competitive type, time your walks and keep a log. On certain days make a conscious effort to push yourself and beat your best time. Another invigorating workout is interval training. Challenge yourself to walk fast for one block, slower for the next and repeat.
Be sure to be walking on a consistent basis as you are taking necessary steps to better health. Remember, change your routine and make things fun and always challenge yourself to better fitness.