Walking For Fitness, A Beginning Program

Warm temperatures, sunshine, summery breezes just incite you to start something active outside. Maybe that walking program you were thinking about all winter. Well here is a beginning-walking program you can follow to help you along.

First we will start with some pointers.

A Beginning Schedule: This is an 8-week beginner's schedule. By the 8th week your total time will be 30 minutes. When you get done with each week you can progress to the next level. Each walking session starts with a 5-minute warm-up. The aerobic stage starts by increasing the walking speed. A rule of thumb to judge if you are going fast enough is you find yourself swinging your arms with each stride. Next slow down to relax your body and cool off for 5 minutes. If you think you are not ready to progress to the next week, stay at the same level until you feel you are ready.

After week eight; Congratulations. You are ready to move up to the advanced level. Your next goal is eventually 30 minutes at aerobic stage.

Jeopardizing your health is the last thing Nature Boy wants. Please check with your doctor before starting a walking program. We want to make this a healthy start to a better lifestyle.

guest article by Kevin Doberstein

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If you are new to exercise, consider getting a medical assessment before doing too much. Fill out a PARQ to see if you are ready. The best thing you could do is perform a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching. When training, following correct exercise technique can help reduce injuries and maximise fitness gains.

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