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Step by Step to Fitness
Depending on what part of the country you live you may drive a car just as much as you walk throughout the week. But more and more folks are actually walking more.
In fact, over 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. Plus, for a 200lb man walking about an hour burns about 350 calories. Definitely worth the steps.
No matter if you are physically active or overweight, walking is a great way to get your blood circulating, socialize, and work toward your fitness goals. There are five things you should consider even before you start walking regularly- no matter where you live.
Five Walking Tips
- Get cleared for walking by a physician. Whether its a few blocks or a few miles, it’s key to know what you can handle and avoid health risks.
- Make sure you have the right shoes, exercise clothes. A good pedometer to monitor your progress is a good investment.
- Consider your surroundings before you venture out. Walking in the neighborhood, a park, or a fitness facility requires some planning for safety and convenience.
- Set a reasonable goal. Avoid overdoing it as you will want to have an enjoyable experience.
- Make it a group activity. Accountability to a group makes it difficult to skip the exercise.
Data suggests the West and Northeast regions of the country have the highest percentage of adults who walk in the country, but the South showed the largest percent increase of adults who walk compared to the other regions. And more adults with arthritis or high blood pressure are now walking. That’s a very good thing.
Enjoy every step.