The Ideal Fitness Activity: Walking
In an ideal world you'd be able to eat all you wanted, do as little exercise as you felt like and move around just by flicking a switch. And if you chose to sit in front of the TV all day stuffing yourself with cakes and ice creams, it wouldn't make the slightest difference to the way you looked or how you felt. In an ideal world, you wouldn't have to worry about your lifestyle. You'd look and feel great all the time. Meanwhile, in the real world, huge numbers of adults and children are obese or overweight. According to the U.
Department of Health & Human Sciences, heart disease kills nearly one million people every year. There are many reasons for this. The time spent watching TV is just one. Working for long periods at a computer and an increasing reliance on the car are others.
And if, like many, you know you're not as active as you should be, you may come out in a cold sweat every time the dreaded word 'exercise' is mentioned. But here's the thing, you don't need to worry. There is an activity you know only too well that offers the perfect solution to being unfit. It's called walking! Just imagine for a moment what the ideal fitness plan would look like: 1 It would be easy to do and enjoyable for its own sake 2 It would provide a wide range of health benefits like: - Reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and minor illnesses - Controlling or reducing your weight - Reducing your blood pressure - Reducing your risk of injury - Reducing stress and improving your sleep - Improving your posture 3 It would be cheap and wouldn't involve the purchase of lots of equipment 4 It would be flexible enough to adapt to the time you have available 5 It would put you in control of your body and your life. Walking is ALL of the above. It's the IDEAL solution to the problem of inactivity. It can be your solution. You can stop your body going into further decline just by walking a bit more each day. All you have to do is increase the amount of walking you already do on an average day to 21 minutes (or 30 minutes over 5 days a week). Then you need to do it regularly, making it part of your daily routine.
And that's all it takes to achieve a basic level of fitness! The wonderful thing about walking for fitness is that you can do it anywhere: at home, in the gym, in your local neighborhood or, for the more adventurous, in the great outdoors. And it's all FREE. You were made for walking. Make it what you do best and make your body your best friend! In the real world, walking can get you fit. It's the ideal way to survive fitness. So what are you waiting for? Get walking … ! (c) 2006 All Rights Reserved.
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