If you’ve been following me for the last week, you must be seriously ready to take action by now, or if you already have GREAT! Or maybe you’re still not sure what to do. Well getting started is the first big hurdle, and it couldn’t be simpler. If you haven’t done any exercise for a while just take yourself off for a good walk. A Walk! I hear you say, YES a good walk, not a stroll in the Park, or a stroll to the Shops.
Walking is the easiest and most effective exercise we can use in our workout routine, and it’s something you can do RIGHT NOW! and your Fitness plan will have started. But you need to do more than put “one foot in front of the other”, to get the most from walking, as an aerobic exercise. Aerobics are one of the best exercises to use in your Fitness Plan, and a great way to start burning fat.
Because of how the body draws on fat stores versus other stored energy sources, you need to start walking for at least 30 minutes. 30 minutes of exercise is a good start, if you have not been exercising, but you really need to bump this up to at least 45 minutes, but ideally an hour when you feel ready.
Obviously, it might not be possible for you to fit an hour of walking into your busy schedule, but try walking every day allowing a few days for an hour and a few days at 30 minutes. Alternate them, however. If you walk an hour on Monday, walk half an hour on Tuesday, etc.
If you’re only going to be walking for 30 minutes, increase your speed. A leisurely stroll isn’t going to give you that aerobic workout that your body needs, so step it up a bit. But don’t overdo it. If you can’t talk and walk, you’re over-exerting yourself and you should back off a bit. On the other hand a great way to step up the overall results of this exercise would be to introduce some small weight, carrying it in a Backpack. You can vary this “stepping it up slowly”, but again don’t overdo it, you should be comfortable when you’re exercising.
If you need some motivation, there is nothing better than to have some of you’re favourite upbeat music with you, on your iPod. Not only is it entertaining, but it will keep you going at a good pace.
And remember, that all walking counts – even if it’s about town shopping! Just remember to pace it!