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Walk Well for Your Workout

By Brandi Swieter 

A quick walk around the block is what some people consider a workout. Though this is enough to get the heart pumping and help burn a few calories, it will take quite a bit of time before seeing good results from just this alone. A walking workout needs a bit more vigor to truly see significant results and make it worthwhile.

Track Progress With a Pedometer

A pedometer is an excellent device for making the most of a walking workout. It helps people track their progress and see walking routes taken in the past. It’s possible to see calories burned, miles walked, and exactly how many steps were taken. This helps people keep track of their progress and use their results to create a better plan for themselves for next time.

Walk on Smooth Surfaces

Though an incline is fine, bumpy terrain is not. Walking through rocks or on an otherwise uneven surface can quickly lead to fatigue and even pain if people aren’t careful. It’s far better to walk on smooth surfaces and avoid uneven terrain to ensure the exercise is the focus and not the discomfort. It’s easier on the joints as well.

Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is key in making the most of a walk. People tend to get tired fast and need to return home when their bodies are not well hydrated. Anyone heading out on a walk needs to bring a water bottle along with them. They should also be sure to hydrate before they head out, and drink another few ounces at least upon returning home.

Incorporate Toning Exercises

Trying out some toning exercises every so often can help increase the benefits walking brings. After a few minutes of walking at a normal pace, stop and do a few jumping jacks or squats. The extra toning will help to build muscles faster and develop a stronger, leaner body.

Walking is extremely beneficial for the body. It can help to maintain weight, tone the muscles, strengthen the bones, and even prevent heart disease. Not all types of walking provide the full benefits. It’s best to track progress and get in a vigorous walk to gain the full effects of the exercise. Anyone who experiences aches after walking can visit The Joint Chiropractic to see about getting relief.

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

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