Walking Toward Improved Fitness


Even those of us with some physical ailments are able to walk. And most of us do it everyday. We walk to the mailbox to get our mail. We walk to the bus stop to pick up our kids. We walk through the grocery store to pick out the evening meal. We walk Fido to make sure he gets his exercise for the day. Did you ever think of taking yourself for a walk?

A person of virtually any fitness level can enjoy a good walk. It’s easy, inexpensive (only a good pair of sneakers is required) and you can do it anywhere. Cold and snowy day? Take your walk in the local mall. Warmer temperatures and no precipitation? Take your walk outdoors. You choose your own destination, your own pace and how long or short your walk will be. The best part of walking? At any pace, in any location, for any distance, it is still exercise.

For those of you who want to begin walking for exercise, set a small goal to start, keeping in mind your own fitness level and limitations. An example of a small goal is the following: I will walk at a moderate pace for 15 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week. Try to vary where your walks take place to avoid boredom. If Monday is a busy day for you, take your walk in your neighborhood or around your office building. If you have more time on Wednesday, take your walk in a local park. If it rains on Friday, take your walk on a treadmill at the gym, in the mall, or in your place of employment. Again, the beauty of walking as a form of exercise is that you can do it anywhere.

For those of you who are already on the move, perhaps now is the time to push yourself further. Choose a walking trail or path that includes hills. Pick up your pace and keep track of your mileage to set new goals. Bring arm weights along on your walk and incorporate exercises with small weights into your walking routine. You will be surprised at how these small changes can really boos your walking workout.

This weekend in Annapolis, we will finally be enjoying a break from the freezing cold temperatures this winter has brought to our area. With the exception of a 40 degree Sunday, the temperature will be IN THE 50s, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday!  Let’s go on a walk!


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