Sunday, March 8, 2015

How To Lose One Pound A Week-Try This Low Intensity But Effective Exercise

Sometimes, people are surprised at how how simple it can be to lose one pound per week. Today's post has to do with a no-cost, simple, and easy to follow exercise tip that anyone can begin to use right away.
The magic exercise? walking!
The popularity of walking as a fitness activity is growing by leaps and bounds. In addition to being a low-risk activity and easy to start, the health benefits of walking has been proven in numerous studies. An eight-year study of 13,000 people found that those who walked 30 minutes a day had a significantly lower risk of premature death than those who rarely exercised.
Health benefits of a regular walking program include:
  • Reduce blood cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase cardiovascular endurance
  • Boost bone strength
  • Burn calories and keep weight down
Get Ready

A walking program is simple to begin. All you need are comfortable clothes and shoes. Layer clothing loosely, while keeping in mind that exercise elevates the body's temperature. Shoes specifically designed for walking are best.
Every workout should begin with a brief warm-up and a few simple stretches. Walk around the house or in place for a few minutes to get the blood flowing to the muscles before you attempt to stretch them. Although walking primarily works the major muscles of the legs, don't forget to stretch your back, shoulders, and arms. This will help to loosen up any tension you may be carrying and make your walk more enjoyable as well as more effective.
Get Moving
Beginning walkers can make their workouts less strenuous by limiting how fast and far they walk. Keep in mind the following:
Walk short distances. Begin with a five-minute stroll and gradually increase your distance.
Forget about speed. Walk at a comfortable pace. Focus on good posture, keeping your head lifted and shoulders relaxed.
Swing your arms naturally, breathing deeply. If you can't catch your breath, slow down or avoid hills.
Be sure you can talk while walking. If you can’t, you are walking too fast.
Get Fit!

Walking is one fitness activity that offers you numerous options. Once you have reached a point where you can walk a few miles with relative ease, you can vary the intensity. Walking hills, in addition to increasing your cardiovascular endurance, is a great way to tone the legs. Concentrate on lengthening your stride or increasing your speed. And don't forget to reward yourself after each workout with a few minutes of relaxing stretches to help prevent sore muscles.
Listening to lively music while you walk is also a great way to energize your workout. But if you wear headphones, keep the volume down and watch for traffic you may not hear.
Keep track of your progress. Many experts recommend you walk a minimum of 20 minutes a day—but there are no hard and fast rules. Fit walking into your schedule whenever you can. That may mean two 10-minute walks each day, or even an hour-long walk two to three times a week. The best schedule is one that keeps you walking and fit!
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