You have finally decided to get fit, to feel better and have more energy to do all things you want to do. Don’t jump in too quick! You need to help your body adapt to the demands of repetitive movement. Take time to warm up and stretch before you exercise. Don’t forget to cool down afterward.
A warm-up activity that uses the same muscles you will use during your workout is the best choice. If you are going to take a brisk 30-minute walk, walk slowly for five to 10 minutes to warm up.
Walking is probably about the safest type of exercise you can do. It is low-impact, which means it does not take a lot of wear and tear on your bones and joints. It also has numerous health benefits. Walking can also ease you into a higher level of fitness. If you have done just about nothing in the way of exercise, walking is probably the safest way to start toward becoming fit. When you master walking and become stronger then try other exercise routines like working out on a stair stepper or whatever else is available at your nearest YMCA or work-out gym.
Review the following health benefits walking can help you achieve:
One of the important pieces of equipment you will need for your walking program is comfortable and supportive footwear. Loose fitting, comfortable clothing is best for work-outs. If you walk outside choose clothes appropriate for the weather. Dress in layers if it is cold and of course, dress lighter for warm weather. Avoid rubberized materials that do not allow perspiration to evaporate. After dark think about wearing bright colors or reflective tape that motorists can see you better. Remember your warm up period. Warming up the muscles reduces chance of injury. There are several difference stretches that you can perform as well. If you are designing your own walking program, you might check with a local physical therapist for specific stretches to do before and/or after your work-out.
For myself, I rushed into a walking program several years ago and developed a serious problem, which lead me to a podiatrist. Since that time I have a specific stretching exercise I must do three times a day regardless of whether or not I work-out. It is wise to ease into even the low-impact walking routines, do your warm-ups and cool downs. Rushing into exercise without properly warming up the muscles can lead to serious injuries.
Review the following tips:
Disclaimer: The information in this article is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about specific medical concerns.
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