Done correctly, walking can provide a host of benefits
Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 11:07 p.m.
Tired of hauling down to a gym, especially out of guilt?
Not fond of aerobic classes?
Can't find a group sports activity that suits your interest?
May be the best exercise option for you is a simple one, which often gets overlooked - walking.
Whether out for a walk alone or with a friend, a good walk provides a host of benefits. A brisk walk increases oxygen intake and gets the heart pumping, which in turn can contribute to lower blood pressure. In addition, walking can stem the onset of degenerative joint disease; help reduce stress and even help in getting a good night sleep.
Moreover, developing a regular walking routine doesn't involve a great deal planning. Simply follow these suggestions:
It's important to follow a regime that allows you to increase walking distance and speed over time. You can add five minutes of strenuous walking to your exercise beginning about two weeks after starting the program. Keep adding the time as you progress, but try to do it in roughly two-week intervals.
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