Take a Walk Today

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Take a walk today and improve your health all at the same time. We all put on many miles in a normal day. If you add a little extra walking to your day you can lose a bit of weight and make your self healthier at the same time. Walking for pleasure and in no great hurry, you can burn 238 calories in an hour for a person who weighs 150 pounds. The more you weigh the more you burn. This is the method I used when I first started my diet and exercise plan. It's easy and very inexpensive and very good for you. If you are going to use walking as part of an exercise plan, I would suggest a good pair of walking shoes. We all need shoes so next time get a slightly better pair so you don't get sore feet. I started to walk about 1 mile a day and it was brutal. I didn't rush but was determined to walk the mile. My lower legs were burning. As I progressed my legs started to feel better and better. As this happened I would go a bit farther each day. Today I can go 6 miles without any problems. There is some equipment that over the past year I have added, to make my walk more enjoyable and safe. I have a couple of friends who walk with me occasionally but most days I walk alone. So to help me feel safe I now carry a walking stick. I got this stick for 11 dollars and I feel more protected when I carry it. I only walk in town, not in the woods or anywhere I feel unsafe. Mostly I carry the walking stick because there are a few dogs in town that are running lose and I don't want them to bite me. Thankfully that hasn't happened but you never know. I also just recently purchased an mp3 player and listen to music as I walk and this makes the walk more enjoyable and seems to make the walk not seem so far. I don't always walk the same distance or route so I also have a pedometer because I like to know how far I have walked and how many calories I burn. All of this equipment was very cheap and I don't leave home without them. Take a walk today you might be surprised how good it makes you feel.