Fitting Walking Into Your Day

Walking is one of the best methods of exercise you can do. It requires no special equipment and has muscular and cardiovascular benefits. Walking on a regular basis should be part of every person's fitness routine.

Best of all, walking can be fit in to a busy day very easily. A common tip on fitting walking into your day is to park your car at the back of the parking lot when you shop or go to work. To take that idea one step farther, why not consider parking in an adjacent parking lot or walking from your home to the store or too your office? If you take public transportation or someone drops you off, consider getting off one stop early or having your companion drop you off several blocks away from your destination. Another common suggestion is to take the stairs whenever possible. But some people have access to all the functions they require on one floor and don't find the need to use the stairs. If this is the case, consider regularly using a washroom on a different floor or using a copier that's across the building from your desk.

If you frequently go out to lunch, suggest to your colleagues that you find a good restaurant within walking distance. If time is an issue, speak with your supervisor about lengthening your lunch break in favor of working a few extra minutes at the end of the day. Although many people think walking the dog is a good way to get in extra steps, the stop and go nature of walking your dog doesn't really provide many health benefits. However, many dogs appreciate a brisk walk once they have relieved themselves. Allow extra time for a few laps around the block at a brisk pace once Fido has completed his business. Babies, also, enjoy being taken for walks.

But unless your child is old enough to maintain a steady pace, consider pushing him in a stroller while you walk. An added benefit of this is that you will burn extra calories the stroller. You will also set a great example for your child that exercise is an important part of the day.

Since you should be able to carry on a conversation while walking (if you can't, you're going too fast) make taking a walk after dinner a family tradition. You may be surprised what topics of discussion come up.

Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Fitness, Alternative Health, and Science

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