Walking Makes You Healthy And Fit

By: Jonathon Hardcastle

We all know its good to keep fit, but fitting in exercise is something that most of us just simply can't find the time to do. Chances are you've joined a gym, or started an exercise routine, but given up after a few sessions for one reason or another. Well, you're certainly not alone - it's thought that most people who feel they are overweight or unfit make attempts to improve their health through exercise, which usually don't last long.

If you fall into this category, do not despair. There is one way in which you can improve your fitness whilst not drastically altering your daily routine, and it just so happens to be one of the best all round forms of exercise - walking.

Walking makes use of every major muscle group in the body, and is also low impact, which means your joints don't suffer too much. On top of that, it's an excellent way to burn calories and improve your fitness, and it's also the cheapest form of transport there is. In fact, an hour's walk a day can be a great way to relax and reflect on the day's events. It's thought that as well as improving fitness and helping you lose weight, walking for just one hour a day can vastly reduce your chances of heart attacks and strokes, which inevitably make it a worthwhile exercise.

If you decide to adopt walking as your exercise of choice, you should take care not to go too far to begin with. Why not walk a couple of blocks and back for the first week, to see how you get on? You can easily step it up gradually, until you are briskly walking for miles, which will send the weight tumbling off, and improve your fitness no end. Another good tip for walking is to take some music with you. Listening to music while you walk not only helps pass the time, but it gives you something to focus on and makes the journey seem less of a chore.

However you intend to start getting fit, you should definitely consider walking. By fitting in just one hour every day, you can dramatically improve your fitness, and your figure. A brisk walk to and from the grocery store for example, would be an amazing way to get started, and by increasing your distance day by day, you will see amazing progress in no time.

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