An easy way to get in shape and boost your health is walking! According to The American Heart Association, research shows that walking briskly for a minimum of 150 minutes a week yields incredible health benefits. Walking is an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages—and a great way to fight aging and complement your program regimen of facial exercises.
Research shows that regular walking program helps:
- Fight obesity and prevent weight gain
- Boost energy and stamina
- Improve balance
- Promote bone health and help prevent osteoporosis
- Elevate your mood
- Reduce stress
- Promote better sleep
- Decrease the risk of strokes, diabetes and heart disease
- Improve blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol profiles
- Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
Check with your physician before starting a walking program if you have any medical concerns.
Start off slow—try just 10 to 15 minutes a day and then keep adding 5 minutes per session. Build up to a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Try to do this a minimum of five days per week. If you already follow another workout regimen, consider adding walking three to four days a week.
Strive to breathe deeply and maintain good posture as you walk. Think about holding your head up, sucking in your tummy and elongating your body. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Start with an easy stride and then increase your pace as you feel more comfortable. You will still enjoy the benefits mentioned above if you walk at what is known as “talking pace,” which means you can still hold a conversation. If you want to use walking for cardiovascular conditioning, simply increase your pace or try to work in intervals at a brisk pace.
Bring a bottle of water along with you so that you can stay properly hydrated during your walk. At the end of your walk, make sure to stretch your calves, hamstrings, chest and back to help prevent injuries.
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