Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Walk A Day - Simple Health Idea #1

We all know that regular activity is important for good health and wellness, and yet so many of my clients do not exercise daily, or even weekly.  It is difficult to know where to start sometimes, so exercise is put off again and again.

I always like to keep things simple, and walking is a simple.  Walking is one of the easiest exercises to perform on a regular basis.  You can make it as tough or as easy as you like, and it can be done rain or shine, inside or out.

I recommend a good pair of walking shoes, and possibly an umbrella or rain jacket, but other than that, no equipment is necessary.  If you are new to exercise, walking is a great place to start.  Nothing is too small, a simple walk around your block after dinner is better than sitting on the couch, and if you do it everyday, the calorie burn adds up!

I urge you to take a walk every single day for the next month.  2 minutes or 2 hours, or anything in between.  Flat paved road, grassy knoll, single track trail, or hilly hike.  Go to what ever comfort level you need.  You can even stand in place and march on the spot, or sit in a chair and alternately lift your legs up and down if standing is a challenge.  Movement is what matters here, and any little bit that engages a muscle is going to be beneficial, so no excuses!

Have a friend, spouse, child, or pet join you if you need someone else to help make you accountable and get you out the door.

Too many people decide to take up exercise after a long hiatus and sign up for a boot camp class, or learn to run 5 km. clinic.  For some this is fine, but if you have been away from exercise for a significant amount of time, it is so much better to start small.  Don't let your ego get in the way of success.  If you start out at too high an intensity, you run the risk of injury, and then its back to the couch!

So Start today - stand up, lace up those shoes, and give it a go!