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Why Walking Should Be A Key Part Of Your Fitness Routine

By Hamish Hayward

Walking is a great form of exercise which the large majority of people can do. It requires no special equipment or training, it’s free and you can fit it into your day whenever it suits you best. The health benefits read like an advert for some new wonder drug or health supplement – and they can be obtained with no more than minor changes to your daily routine.

Most health professionals suggest that a target of 10,000 steps a day is desirable in order to obtain the numerous health benefits available. That equates to a distance of between four and a half and five miles for most of us. It sounds like a long way – but it’s easier to achieve than you might think. Considering the potential health benefits, it’s well worth making a little effort to increase the amount of walking that you do.

Of course, we live in a society which is increasingly sedentary – so it may very well be that you currently miss the recommended 10,000 daily steps (possibly by quite some way). If you’re not sure how many steps you currently take then it might be a good idea to get hold of a pedometer in order to find out what your daily average is. You can pick these up pretty cheaply these days – but be certain to choose one which has a double axis sensor fitted as these tend to be more accurate.

Having established what your daily step count is (take an average over a few days), you should actively look for opportunities to wipe out any gap between that value and the 10,000 step per day target. There are numerous different ways to do this – but be sensible and start slowly – there’s no need to do everything at once.

If you can set aside time each day for a dedicated walk then that’s great. However, if that’s not a practical proposition for you then there are plenty of ways to fit walking into your day. Go for a ten or fifteen minute walk during your lunch break. Leave the car at home and walk to work, or get off the bus a couple of stops early and complete your journey on foot.

Make modern technology work in your favor by walking around whilst you talk on your cordless or mobile phone. You can squeeze in an extra 1500 steps during a fifteen minute telephone call. Opportunities for fitting walking into your day are plentiful – and they soon add up.

If you’re over forty, if you have any medical conditions, or if you just haven’t exercised for some time, then it would be a good idea to seek the opinion and advice of your doctor before you start any new fitness regime. However, walking is a low impact, low injury risk workout which will, as long as you exercise a little common sense, deliver significant health benefits. Before you know it, you will be feeling better, enjoying higher energy levels and shedding pounds.

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