Ready to climb back on the fitness wagon via stepping out your front door?
Here are a few final tips to get you started:
Wear good walking shoes/comfy clothing: This seems like a no brainer, yet it bears repeating. Shoes which are fantastic for yoga or weight training often ARENT good choices for walking (hello, personal experience!). Wear clothes which are breathable, comfortable & protect you from the elements.
Start slowly: Another which should be obvious—yet bears repeating. Slowly refers to both pace & length of time. We wanna do this for the long haul. Our goal is NOT to get so sore the first few days out we need a hiatus after a week. Set yourself up for success by starting slow.
Stretch: To stretch or not to stretch ? This is a hotly debated topic. I always choose a light gentle pre-walk stretching routine. Warm up FIRST so your muscles are warm & pliable. This warm up can be as easy as walking up & down stairs at home or you can amble outside for a bit and then stop & take the time to stretch. (Here are some basic walking stretches to get you started.)
Cool down after each walking session: To reduce stress on your heart & muscles end each walking session with a cool down. Walk slowly for about five minutes at the end of your walking workout. After the cool down, if you have time, it’s fantastic to repeat your stretches.
seriously thats it.
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**MizFit note: Researchers in the UK found a short walk weakened chocolate cravings. Cravings dropped by 12 percent (over participants who remained idle) after a 15 minute walk.
This post is sponsored by the fabulous, GLUTEN FREE, NAKANO rice vinegars . The overzealous endorsement of WALKING is all my own.