I recently discovered that one of our Personal Trainers at NW Personal Training, Jolene Nelson, transformed her body and her entire life just by walking! She posted on social media
“I lost the weight from walking!!! I would walk on my lunch break, on the weekends, and after work.”
Her transformation is absolutely incredible and it reminded me that one of the best and easiest ways to start your fitness journey is just to start walking. There are very few barriers making it completely accessible for almost everyone! Start with walking around the block, when that gets easier, make it two blocks and soon, you’ll be walking your way to a healthy and fit life!
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January can be tough for a lot of people. Credit card bills are arriving highlighting the additional holiday spending making everyone feel a little more stressed. But many also are feeling out of shape and ready to tackle their New Year’s Resolutions and get back into good shape. It’s cold, wet and dark and all of this coupled together can lead to feelings of depression.
So what do you do went you want to achieve your New Year’s fitness resolutions, feel better and battle the bulge even though your wallet is skinny?
Let’s put first things first. The problem with stressful and cash starved times like these is that it’s very easy to give up on making time and the budget for fitness. But fitness should be the last area of your life to put on the back burner and trim from the budget as it’s the very thing that is going to give you the energy and stamina to deal with any struggles. If you don’t make time for fitness then plan on being forced to make the time for being sick and tired on top of everything else. Unwanted medical bills, prescription co-pays, and lost income due to illness, stress and injury are very costly alternatives to investing in YOU! Read more on Low Cost Fitness…
Walking is a fabulous, low-impact way to stay healthy and fit. But in order to get the same benefit as running, you generally need to go longer. But most people are busy so if you are crunched for time but still want to give yourself a fabulous walking workout, hills are the answer.
Hills will increase the intensity of your workout, burn more calories (3-5 more calories per minute), strengthen your legs (especially your quads, butt and calves), lungs and heart and provide some variety to a traditional walking routine. Hill workouts can be really taxing and consequently should only be done once or twice per week.
There’s a variety of ways that you can include hills to your sessions:
Choose your typical walking distance and consider how and where you might incorporate a few rolling hills en route.
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Map out a 3-4 mile course that includes 4 hills of various length and grade. Start with 5 minutes of walking at a warm-up pace. Then increase your pace until you are walking at an intensity of a 7/10 – you should feel that the pace is challenging but manageable. Read more on Hill Workouts For Max Benefit…