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Are You Ready to Ramp Up Your Walking Program?

By Tom Herrin   

Plenty of people have begun to enjoy the benefits of walking.  It is great activity for building endurance, burning calories, and working the cardiovascular system.  Sometimes people tend to hit a plateau or simply decide they need to increase a little to bring about new success in their efforts.  The body does have a sort of sense when it has been in a certain mode for a while, and it may adjust to the activity.  Making some small increases and taking on a few more challenges can provide a marked difference.  Adding a little running can do wonders, regardless of your age.

When Already On A Good Diet, New Activity Can Make Quite A Difference

Many people struggle with diet, but for those who have a pretty good handle on diet, changing or adding something can be a key to new success.  The body will utilize the opportunity to burn a few more calories while adding muscle.  No one will lose weight by exercise alone, but sometimes a little new exercise can be the finishing touches to a good diet and take it to the next level.

A Combination Of Walking And Running May Do The Trick

When adding some running to a program in which walking has been established, the changes can be productive.  Most of these plans call for running a few minutes, maybe one or two, then walking for three or four.  This allows the body to recover some before resuming another run.  The pattern is repeated a few times to produce a total time of 45 minutes to an hour.  Doing this three days per week can show measurable progress in no time.  On days in between, lighter activities can keep the body in working condition.  It is a good combination.  Generally, increasing running time and decreasing walking time in the run/walk will show results quickly.

The End Result Will Be Stronger Bones And Muscles

Most people are looking for ways to improve overall body function.  Increased exercise intensity can increase bone density.  It will also strengthen muscles.  Whether someone is 20 or 60, as long as the increases are done slowly and cautiously, results can be seen.  Older people may be particularly concerned about building stronger bones.  If you are already walking and want to see a little more progress, try adding a little running to your program.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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