If you are a beginner with exercise, one of the best ways to get started is by walking.
Walking is low impact, equipment free, and costs little to nothing to do. There is no need for a warm-up or cool down that is separate because walking itself can be both by simply adjusting the pace.
Due to being a cardiovascular exercise, walking helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Walking, like all forms of exercise, reduces stress, improves energy, and enhances weight management. Studies have also shown that walking may aid in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
For those of us that are able to get out and walk it can be very refreshing and give you a nice change of scenery. But the weather may not always be in our favor.
The weather may keep is from going outside, but it should not stop us from moving.
Here are some ways to start walking indoors:
I decided to start the week with a power walk:
Some of the exercises looked like funky dance moves, but the walking routine was fun to do overall.
Due to the video being low impact, I followed with an upper arm exercise I saw in Honey Bear and Albertina’s blog:
My arms were killing me just 5 minutes in! I made sure to cool down and stretch afterwards 😉
Adding intervals to walking helps to change things up and increase calorie burn. If you are walking outdoors, you can alternate between walking at your regular pace and fast walking.
The following video is perfect for interval walking indoors:
For beginners, try this one:
Both videos are short and low impact, but pack a great calorie burn!
There are many ways to incorporate a little extra walking indoors without using an exercise video. Here are some things I have done:
- Walk around while talking on the phone
- Walk in place in the shower (Please be careful! No jogging!)
- Walk/March in place while watching a movie or TV program. If there are commercial breaks, you may add intervals by increasing the pace during commercials.
- If you have stairs, walk up and down the stairs for a few minutes.
- Time yourself! Crank up some music, put a timer for the amount of minutes you want to walk, and just start walking around the house.
Choose any one of the above exercises and follow up with this relaxing stretch I did this week:
I was feeling some lower back pain and the exercises in the video relieved a lot of the pain even though I was not flexible enough to do all of the moves 😛
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One of his recent posts is sure to motivate you to start moving and keep moving:
“There WILL be days you don’t feel like exercising; push through these days and feel the sense of power you gain from the experience. Before you know it, the person you’ll be seeing in the mirror will make you cry with tears of joy.”
What are some other creative ways we can get more walking indoors?