A Walking Exercise Program

By: Beatrice Stephenson

The benefits of walking are so incredibly many. Weight loss, cellulite reduction, diabetes type 2 prevention, blood pressure control, flexibility in joints and ligaments, better sleep, etc. The list can be made long.

To set up a walking program is not very complicated, you just have to set up a goal that is realistic. So even though walking doesn't seem that hard to do or starting with on a daily basis, it's worth sitting down for a minute and think about how to pursue it. Set up a goal that is realistic. If you are out of shape maybe an hour walk is too hard to stick with.

If you fail you will only be disappointed. Start with a more modest goal, and increase it as you get in better shape. One thing is important though, if you want good results: to be consistent. Whether it's five, fifteen or fifty minutes a day you want to walk, walk at least five times a week. Think about what time in the day that will suit you the most. You can split it up during the day if it fits you better, take a short walk at lunch and walk home from work, take an extra walk around the block in the evening when you are throwing your garbage out. And voila, there are the thirty minutes you wanted! It doesn't have to be harder than that. You don't have to get in your training outfit to get out walking. Just go, if you have a hard time getting out there. Once you start to see the results, you will get motivated and won't have a hard time with it anymore.

Maybe you could invite a friend to walk with you, that is usually a good motivator. Or drag your partner along, get in better shape together!

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