Walking for better health: Is it really that simple?

Walking doesn't have to be a bore. Here are some creative ways to add more walking to your fitness routine. (Lebanon Daily News -- Glen Gray)

Walking doesn’t have to be a bore. Here are some creative ways to add more walking to your fitness routine. (Lebanon Daily News — Glen Gray)

Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. You don’t have to come up with some elaborate fitness routine that is way outside your comfort zone. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life. It is that simple.

Walk outside, walk on a treadmill, walk your dog (or cat), walk on a track, walk up and down flights of stairs, or walk on a trail in the park. Options are endless.

Just a half-hour a day or two 15-minute walks are beneficial. You could even break it down to three 10-minute walks or 10 three-minute walks. It all adds up. And 30 minutes of walking, five times a week is enough to improve overall health, reduce body fat, lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, increase energy, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Walking might sound boring, but there are plenty of ways to spice up a stroll around the block. To amp up the intensity, use small wrist and ankle weights, choose a new route with hills, or increase your pace. Find different trails at one of the many beautiful parks to change up the scenery. Find a walking buddy, or create a favorite playlist to keep you company. Use a pedometer to track you progress and to help you reach your goals. Just like any other exercise program, it’s good to change up your walking routine every once in a while to keep your body on its toes.

Every year on Mother’s Day, my siblings and I plan a Mother’s Day hike with our mommy. We always look for a new trail at a new park with some great scenery to make the day more enjoyable. It’s great to get outside and get some exercise, but the best part is getting to spend time with my family. Choose today to get up and start walking. It’s simple, but just a little movement goes a long way.

Stay Active, Stay Healthy

About Sean Hermanns

I am a health educator for the Byrnes Health Education Center in York city and I am also a personal fitness trainer at the Athletic club of York. Educating and inspiring people to make healthy choices is my passion and I am grateful for any opportunity to bless others.
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