Have you found yourself spending a bit too much time on the couch with a bag of chips in one hand and a remote in the other? It’s an easy rut to get into and also an easy rut to get out of. The side effects of excess couch time include lethargy, decreased motivation, weight gain and onset diabetes to name just a few. It’s understandable that the near constant blare from every major media outlet about the latest trends in extreme dieting and extreme exercising is enough to send you running for the cover of the sofa. Follow these back to basic, no nonsense recommendations from the fitness professionals to ramp up your walking regime. There’s no better time than today to get started.
Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in some fun active wear pieces from the huge selection available at aerie. Grab a pair of quality athletic shoes that can provide support and head outside! If you have a dog, there’s no better motivation for getting into a healthy walking regime. It’s in the best interest of both you and your pet’s long term health. Commit to walking at least twenty minutes six days per week. The initial goal is not speed or distance, but simply duration. The objective is to develop a healthy walking habit and build on your success from there. In a few short weeks of brisk walking, you will begin to feel the side effect. Increased stamina and motivation, slight weight loss and strengthening of lower body muscles. These are side effect to celebrate. After you have developed a healthy rhythm of walking, begin to ramp it up. Set an activity tracker to buzz every three minutes during the duration of your walk. The first three minutes you should be walking at a brisk pace. When the buzzer sounds, ramp up your pace to a speed walk. Continue this until the buzzer rings again after three minutes. Continue this pattern throughout your walk. You’ll be amazed at how much stronger you’ll be in just a shirt period. These speed spurts serve to ramp up your heart rate which will increase your metabolic burn. Good luck with your new walking regime!