26 Mar

Benefits of Walking for Exercise

Article By Michael Mukoyogo

Oh come on! Walking for exercise?? isn’t that too easy?

Well perhaps, but there are a number of reasons why walking can work as a great form of exercise. Yes it is kind of easy, but that’s a good thing since it also yields so many benefits. Besides, the best workouts are the ones we actually do. An hour of walking for exercise is a lot more beneficial than the 30 minutes on the treadmill that you never get round to doing because you just can’t face it.

Here are some reasons why walking for exercise just might be the thing for you.

1)You’re already doing it
Not only is it functional but for most of us the problem with a routine isn’t getting started. A burst of enthusiasm and equipment does the trick, but it doesn’t last, and so the challenge is staying the course. Those January gym memberships that are unused by March are such a cliché because its so common.

The good thing about walking is that you already do it. You can do more, or you can do less, but its just a matter of degrees. So its just a case of steadily increasing the amount to a point you are happy with.

2)Its the most natural form of exercise
You don’t have to learn how to do it. You don’t have to go to a gym. You don’t need a personal trainer or a guidebook to make it happen. Walking is something that you can do without the whole gym thing being a factor. It fits easily into your schedule, and not the other way around: the definition of fitness to fit you.

3)You can easily vary intensity for aerobic conditioning
You set the pace. As you get fitter you can go further and faster more often. Its possible to walk fast enough to make it quite a workout especially when you factor in geography such as stairs, hills and inclines. Design the course to fit your needs.

4)Its not going to injure you
Many people suffer sports injuries and end up in a world of hurt with their exercise choices, but walking is no risk, and no problem. You really aren’t likely to end up one of the walking wounded.

5)It tones the legs and bum
It burns fat, has aerobic benefits and works the legs and glutes. Sounds about perfect to me.

6)You can keep it up for life
The best health habits are those we can stick with anytime, anyplace, anywhere and any age. You really can enjoy the benefits of walking forever, so start as you mean to go on. Walk on.

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15 Mar

A Healthy Body Is Your Number One Priority

If you are like most dieters out there, you’ve started and stopped many diets plans without much success. With every first week you tell yourself “this time will be different” but as the weeks goes by it gets harder to stick to and you start to “cheat”.  I can tell you this happens because you are focusing on the wrong thing. We put the focus on weight loss instead of making new healthy eating habits. Your health is the MOST IMPORTANT thing, without it you have nothing. Sometimes people wait until they have a health scare before they start thinking of their health. So this year, let’s not focus on just losing a few pounds, let’s focus on Health, the #1 thing in our lives.

You need to ask yourself some very important questions, such as “How important is my health to me? How do I want to live the rest of my life? Sick and feeling horrible or healthy and feeling vibrant? Do I want to play golf and tennis in my retirement or do I want to spend it in the hospital?” The answers to these questions will determine how you approach your weight and health.  Any lifestyle habit that affects your health in a positive way will automatically cause you to lose weight or maintain a good healthy weight.

Follow this checklist towards health and you will see weight come off automatically.

1. Make the time to focus on health.

Prioritize your day so that making healthy meal choices and exercising are right at the top. Don’t use the excuse “I have no time to exercise” as a reason to prevent you from exercising. Do it now before you get sick with heart disease, diabetes or cancer. This is very important if you have children as I’m sure you want to be around to watch them grow up and it will also set a good  example for them to get and/or stay in shape.

2. Take a long hard look at what you are putting into your body.

Try this experiment for one week, read every ingredient in everything you eat or drink, some of the things you see will surprise you. As a golden rule, if you can’t pronounce it, chances are you  shouldn’t be eating it. The majority of the foods you should be eating shouldn’t even have an ingredients label. They should be vegetables, fruits, raw nuts, chicken, fish, eggs, meat. When you make 90% of your food intake fresh food, I guarantee you will significantly change your weight and your health. Cook more than one serving so that you will have healthy leftovers in your fridge to eat or make enough to freeze some for a later time.

3. How much are you eating?

If your servings at home are like restaurant servings, which is about 3 times larger than they should be, it will be hard to lose weight. Cut your servings in half for lunch and dinner as all it takes is 100 extra calories a day to gain 10 pounds a year. If you get hungry in the afternoon, have a small apple with a handful of raw nuts. You will be surprised at how quickly your body will become accustom to less food.

4. Drink WATER!

Many people mistake thirst for hunger so drink a glass of water first before grabbing something to eat. Dehydration has directly been linked to several forms of diseases including colon cancer, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. Pay attention to what you are drinking during the day.

Coffee or Soda (Diet Coke included) – The caffeine in both will dehydrate you even more and will cause you to feel hungrier during the day. The artificial sweetener actually enhances your appetite and increases food intake.

Orange Juice and other Fruit Juices – The sugar and calories can add up to 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink, which can be anywhere from 150-200 calories. Not to mention the fact that sugar eventually makes you crave more sugar.

Every person should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water each day. If you drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverage during the day, the ounces of water needed increases.

5. How much do you move each day?

Challenge your body and your muscles each and every day!  Your body and heart were designed to move and you don’t have to join a gym to do it. One of the things you can do anytime is go for a walk. Take the stairs whenever possible, walk during your lunch break, park a little farther from the door when shopping or running errands.  Buy some free weights and an exercise ball, you will be surprised at how much you can do with some free weights and a stability ball.

Remember this is about your health not a short term weight loss. Really evaluate how you are treating your body on an everyday basis. You only get one body so treat it as a highly valuable, expensive piece of equipment that can’t be replaced.

Get started on your own fat loss and health goals right away with these Simple and Easy Healthy Meal Plans.

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