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Walking Hills May Be a Concentrated Workout

By Tom Herrin

Efficiency is a term people both hear and use a lot today.  There is much attention to fuel efficiency or other kinds of energy efficiency.  Saving all they can is important. Efficiency apartments make the best use of the space available.  When people think about efficiency in exercise, many may be a little confused as to exactly what is being referred.  Exercising efficiently is basically getting the maximum amount of benefit from the least amount of time and effort spent exercising.  In reality, some people waste quite a bit of time trying to achieve something they can do in much less time. It is fine if they have the time, but some don’t.

It Can Be Easier on Joints

Many people have some problems that can be aggravated by intense activity.  Many love the higher intensity workouts, but for those who are not so well suited for them, walking up hills can produce some good results.  A great thing about it is that it is much easier on the joints. As people age, those joints may begin to wear out, and people look for ways to lessen the stress that is placed on them in any kind of activity.  

It May Be Convenient

While many people may have to drive somewhere to get the kind of workout they desire, they may be able to find a hill nearby.  Most parks have some kind of grade in them. Finding one hill can do the job. A person can walk up and down the same hill for whatever length of time they want to spend.  It can be a pleasant atmosphere while satisfying the need to work those muscles. Doing so while saving wear on the joints is a double benefit. It may save a lot of time traveling to a given place as well as saving time in the workout.

It May Be Great for Toning

Since more muscles are worked when people walk up hills, there will be a greater amount of work and toning.  Lower body muscles may be able to do more in a short 15 or 20 minutes of this than of 30 minutes or more on flat ground.  The results are the ultimate goal anyway. If you are short on time but still trying to do some good things with your workout, consider walking up hills.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, N.J.


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