The New Year is host to innumerable resolutions to do everything ranging from putting in more effort on the job to working fewer hours so you can spend more time with your family.
One of the most common resolutions is to exercise more frequently and regularly. Like almost everything else in life, this is easier said than done. Frankly, if it was easy to add regular exercise to your life, you wouldn’t have made the resolution in the first place.
Don’t be discouraged if you find yourself struggling to keep up with your fitness routine, because you’re not alone: research tells us that within one year’s time, less than half of people are still faithful to their exercise program. One of the most commonly cited reasons for no longer sticking to the regimen is injury; and another is that many do not want to regularly subject themselves to the physical ordeal of strenuous exercises. If long ago you thoroughly swore off the “no pain, no gain” mentality, you still have a great option that costs virtually nothing and can be quite pleasurable: try taking a stroll.
While walking may not convey the same magnitude of benefits as its closest cousin, running, it will not expose you to the bone-jarring and repetitive impact of jogging. This makes walking ideal for people who suffer from everything from lower back pain to bad ankles (and everything in between). While walking will not produce the same amount of weight loss during an identical period of time, walking is generally considered more pleasurable and will therefore increase the likelihood that you will continue this exercise over the long haul. Moreover, walking can be seamlessly implemented into your daily routines and does not require you to buy an expensive gym membership; the only significant overhead is a well-cushioned pair of shoes. Don’t have time to hit the weights? Try taking a walk to the corner store. Can’t keep up that expensive tennis court pass? The sidewalks are free.
The great news is that simply taking a daily stroll will convey noticeable results in your daily life; IF you are consistent with it. Doctors have long documented that walking will produce measurable results in your overall health, to include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, to helping fight off depression and diabetes.
So when New Year’s Eve comes around again, try promising yourself something that is both enjoyable and healthy: walking. To hear about more benefits of walking, follow the link below:
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