Get Fit Friday: Walking for Exercise

One of the best cardiovascular exercises is walking.  You can add several Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) by simply adding more walking to your daily routine.  Park farther away and walk to the door.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Take a walk around the gym at half time of your child’s sporting events.  Walk the halls on your work break.  Walk to your mailbox.   Be creative.

If you like to walk for exercise there are several ways to enhance or entertain your mind and body while still getting a great workout.  Laps are great, but they can get repetitive.  You can try a ‘destination walk.’  Go alone or with a friend and walk in a straight line to your destination point.  Once you get there, either turn around or call a friend and have them pick you up!   You could walk all the way across town if you want.  Of course, stay safe.  Don’t walk alone at night!

Other ways to increase your walking workouts include: adding wrist or ankle weights, carrying small dumbbell weights, or pushing your child in a stroller.  Hopefully we’ll get some better weather soon and you could enjoy a local park or neighborhood.  Makes for a great addition to your indoor treadmill walks or lap walk routines.  Check out this week’s deals for extra motivation!

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