Walking your way to a youthful body
Aug 10, 2012, 8:58 a.m.
Walking is one of the easiest and most beneficial exercises a person can do. For older persons, walking should be included in your daily routine if at all possible, so you can gain important benefits from having better tone and strength of muscle and weight loss and control opportunities.
Walking for health should be treated seriously. Begin by purchasing the best walking shoes you can afford. There are many excellent brands that are affordable, under $60. This is an investment that will pay off in better health, stronger muscles and weight control. Quality shoes are worth their extra cost because you can enjoy them for a long time. They are made from durable new materials and have an ergonomic design that provides excellent support for walking.
Walking your way to a youthful body is a reasonable goal at any age. As an aerobic exercise, walking will allow you to experience many benefits, including better blood circulation and a healthy skin tone. Tighten up those saggy places and firm up the baggy ones with a regular walking routine. You don't have to walk for miles, just a few minutes a couple times a week can work wonders. As you do more walking, it should become easier to increase your time and distance for workouts.
Most towns have new walking trails designated throughout the town or in dedicated parks. A gym walking machine might not be as much fun, but you won't get rained on and there are interesting options for varying your workout on the newest treadmill machines. One objective would be to gradually increase the time, distance and difficulty of any walking program. This is how you can continue to see results that can leave you feeling and looking younger.
Join a walking club, mall-walk in early hours set aside for mall-walking clubs or just start by parking farther away from the store each time you go shopping. Use a pedometer to count your steps; try to get in 5000 to 10,000 steps per day. Even if you have some joint problems, walking can be an acceptable way to regain a youthful body. Be sure to consult your personal physician before beginning any type of walking or other exercise program, just to know that your body is as ready as your mind is for this increased activity.
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