Walking Works...If You Do It!
June 11, 2012
We all know that a good exercise program has many benefits, but you have to put in the time. The Center for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week. That is about as long as it takes to sit and watch one movie. Could you give up a weekly movie if you gained the following benefits?
- Lose weight
- Reduce stress
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Help prevent type II diabetes
- Increase energy levels
- Improve mood
If you think you are ready to get moving, make sure you have a good pair of shoes. Feet expand while you walk, so make sure you have plenty of room. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. It also helps to set specific goals. Don’t say you are going to walk today, say "At 3:00 p.m. I am going to walk for 20 minutes."
MCPL has many walking books you can check out for additional tips. Here are just a few:
Walk Off Weight by Michele Stanten
Walking: A Complete Guide to the Complete Exercise by Casey Meyers
Chi Walking by Danny Dreyer
Walking Fit by Rose Leach
Fitness Walking by Therese Iknoian
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