There is more than one way to be fitter. People incorporate Crossfit, kickboxing, cycling, running and more in an effort to get there. For me, things started to click when I changed my diet and started running.
Now in my 40s, I can say I have found a balance between diet and exercise that works for me. I don’t recommend it for everyone. But I do suggest start the process by walking. It is easy to maintain and can be done almost anywhere.
Here are a few ways to walk yourself fit
- Add entertainment. I am a big fan of music either from my downloads or RockMyRun, which allows you to pick the genre of music to get your feet moving. My favorite DJs are DJ Crumbz, DJ Dynamiq and Mike Czech. You also can add some walking buddies to pass the time. On top of it all, your buddies can help keep you accountable.
- Set realistic goals. Start small with walking 30 minutes, three times a week. Many of us work a typical 9-5 job, so get creative with your 30 minutes. Try getting part or all of your walk at lunch or while dinner is in the oven. Weekends are another opportunity to get in some walking.
- Clean up your diet. You can’t walk yourself fit if you aren’t eating right. Since the exercise is in moderation, you need to eat in moderation.
- Change your scenery. Walking on a treadmill might make you insane. I know it may be a convenient option while at work, the gym or at home. However, I typically try to vary my walks from my own neighborhood to the perimeter of a shopping plaza near me to along the river. Traveling to new cities gets exciting because there is new territory to explore. Find what works for you.
- Find ways to challenge yourself. When you are on the treadmill carry hand weights, strap on ankle weights or adding a few lunges along the way. They are ways to change it up and trick your body into getting fit. You can change up your pace, increasing your speed at every mailbox or adding a hilly terrain.
It doesn’t have to be fast and furious
When it comes to exercise and weight-loss, the benefits of walking are often overlooked. Many believe that walking does not provide the levels of physical activity that are needed to meet their goals, and instead resort to the idea that running and other forms of cardio are the better options. Before you run, however, you must first walk.
How often do you walk?