Walking for Exercise Routine

Walking for Exercise

Walking

The other day I posted about walking for exercise. Today, let’s take a look at getting into a walking routine.

If you’re anything like me, the mere thought of an exercise routine even something as simple and ‘easy’ as walking feels like a daunting task.  However, following some basic guidelines will help you get a routine going and help you reach your goals.

Gradually Build Up

If you’re new to walking you need to gradually build up your routine.  Start out slowly and increase the amount of time you spend walking each day.  It is recommended (by the Surgeon General) that you exercise for 30 minutes a day. However, in the beginning you may need to start out with less than that. The key thing to remember is – go at your own pace and don’t over do it or you’re apt to give up and not keep going!

Small Goals

When starting your walking routine, be sure and set small attainable goals whether it be goals about walking or losing weight. Start by setting a first goal as today I’ll walk 10 minutes. Tomorrow I’ll walk 12 minutes, etc. If it’s a weight loss goal then pick small increments – like 5 lbs – instead of looking at ‘the big picture’.

When you set (and hit) small goals, you’re less likely to lose faith because you’re more likely going to continually hit those small goals along the way!

It’s All About Habit

You need to make it a habit.  If you only walk sporadically you are less likely to stick with your program, whereas if you do it at least five times a week you will find that it will become a part of your daily routine and your body will miss it if you don’t do it.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

It’s essential that you stay hydrated while exercising, even walking.  Dehydration is a serious condition and it can affect you even after working out.  Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your walking routine.

Safety

Watch out and stay safe.  It’s best to walk where there are other people or with others, walking during the day or on well lighted streets or walking areas, make sure friends and family know where and when you take your walks, and if you can’t find a safe area to walk outside then consider purchasing a treadmill or joining a gym.

Get Your Doctor’s Approval

This may sound cliche but it’s really important that you check with your Doctor first before starting a walking routine (or any exercise program).

If you don’t feel like walking outside or the weather won’t permit here are some indoor walking resources to check out. These are just a few I found on Amazon, once of which I own and love it.

Indoor Walking Resources:

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2 Responses to Walking for Exercise Routine

  1. teresa says:

    This is a great list of tips!
    I feel like I’d walk more if I looked (and felt) like the girl in your photo.
    I love that outfit and want my butt and legs to be defined like that.
    It gives me a good boost of motivation to see it and read your post.
    thanks!!
    I did do my cardio today (finally back in the saddle)
    teresa´s last blog post ..What the heck have I been doing

    • admin says:

      LOL Yeah I would do a heck of a lot more if I looked like the chic in the picture! Way to go on doing the cardio and getting back in the saddle 🙂