Move It Monday | Indoor Walking

Female feet in turquoise sneakers on turquoise sports mat. Indoor walkingIf 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:


Day 1

Jessica Smith has tons of indoor walking videos on YouTube and she has a 6 week walking program called Walk STRONG available for purchase.

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 😉


Day 2

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!


Day 3

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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What are some other creative ways we can get more walking indoors?

Much Love,

Nena

 

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31 Comments on Move It Monday | Indoor Walking

  1. Walking is my alternative when I don’t want to go to the gym. It a great to be out doors and just absorbed the sun rays. I probably walk like 4miles when I go walking. Love the video on back pain exercise. I do a few of those when my back is bugging me. My parents and dogs freak out when they see me on the floor. I would just like to add for indoor walking, go to the mall. I know here where I live some people will go the mall early in morning before the stores open and walk around.

    • The mall is an excellent place to walk!! And getting there early is the best time. Walking outdoors and getting some sun is wonderful and you rock for doing 4 miles! That’s funny that your dogs freak out when you’re on the floor lol My dogs like to come check if I’m ok when I do floor exercises as well lol Thanks for such a great input!

  2. Walking is my alternative when I don’t want to go to the gym. It a great to be out doors and just absorbed the sun rays. I probably walk like 4miles when I go walking. Love the video on back pain exercise. I do a few of those when my back is bugging me. My parents and dogs freak out when they see me on the floor. I would just like to add for indoor walking, go to the mall. I know here where I live some people will go the mall early in morning before the stores open and walk around.

    • The mall is an excellent place to walk!! And getting there early is the best time. Walking outdoors and getting some sun is wonderful and you rock for doing 4 miles! That’s funny that your dogs freak out when you’re on the floor lol My dogs like to come check if I’m ok when I do floor exercises as well lol Thanks for such a great input!

    • So great to hear from you again!! Yes, I know not everyone has the privilege of great weather now so I’m glad to hear these videos can be helpful 🙂 Hope you’re able to get some much needed de-stressing!

        • It’s nice to “see” you again and I’m due to visit your blog myself;)
          Yes, I enjoy both! They offer a great variety of exercises and most of the time it’s short and sweet;) I will be sure to include more of their videos as well!

  3. I agree with you. Walking is one of the best start up routines. It is an activity that can be done indoor or outdoor and can remain a staple part of an exercise program regardless of where you find yourself.

  4. Nena ,all of this is wonderfully stimulating and only in watching I am revigorated . I agree with you, walk is the best of the sport and I walk as ùuch as can . It is an excellent PT for me ;
    THANKS for your encouragements.
    Love <3
    Michel

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