Walking: The Perfect Start
By Rachel Shouse
Exercise. A seven-letter word that you either love or dislike with a fire-burning passion. Hate's a strong word; thus, the three-syllable alternative. This doesn't have to be how you feel though. Will it always be easy? No. A lot of people start off a new workout regimen with all sorts of angst and energy. Slowly, they lose motivation and are likely to give up altogether. In order to counteract that unpleasant ending, why not learn more. You may be surprised what some new ideas can do to help make this a smoother transition. Learning about one of the most overlooked options -- walking. Learning about what walking can do for your body, and how to make this more fun, puts you that much further than you were last time.
Walking: It Does More Than You Think
As I mentioned before, people tend to lose steam as they hit a dip in the new exercise routine. Hitting bumps can be very discouraging; however, starting off slowly can really help prevent that bump. I know you want to take off running. That's excellent, but it's easy to burn out as well.
It's recommended that you get at least two hours of exercise per week. At first, you probably shouldn't hit that goal. Start off with short 10-minute walks. A brisk 10-minute walk can burn up to 50 calories. Once you work yourself up to an hour, you'll be burning at least 500 calories. In the meantime, increasing the pace periodically through your workout also increases the number of calories burned.
What Exercise Does for Your Body
Sometimes it's easier to pick up a new habit when you know -- and remind yourself of -- the benefits you'll see. It can feel slow waiting to see the number on the scale drop or needing to buy smaller pants and shirts. Memorizing the following about exercise can help keep you going and motivated.
- Increases energy
- Improves mood
- Promotes better sleep
- Keeps weight under control
- Helps prevent health conditions and diseases
How to Make Exercise More Fun and Motivating
It can be hard doing things you don't want. Making it fun can really boost your motivation. Some may like to listen to music, invite friends, change up where they walk, etc. It's important that you make it fun. Don't expect to enjoy doing your exercise routine if it's not suited for you.
Be sure you're ready to give yourself some grace when starting out. Believe it or not, life is not always within your control. That being said, if you start to struggle, remember why you're doing this, who you're doing it for, and what your life will be like when you meet your goals.
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