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Ramp Up Your Walking Regime

Have you found yourself spending a bit too much time on the sofa lately? The side effects of a sedentary lifestyle include lack of motivation, high blood pressure, atrophy and lethargy. Onset diabetes and weight gain can also emerge if too much time is spent being sedentary. Given the near constant barrage of extreme diet and exercise advice blaring from nearly every major media outlet, it’s no wonder that the sofa becomes an attractive refuge. Change your mind set and look at the time spend walking is actually a experts to jump start your walking regime.

The goal of any exercise program should be sustainability. Any activity that is too rigorous or sets you up for injury is not sustainable. The key is to develop life-long healthy habits participating in activities that you actually enjoy. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon  coupons and invest in a pair of quality athletic shoes from Puma. Commit to taking a brisk walk for at least thirty minutes each day. Think about the amount of time you spent on the sofa and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a half an hour to give yourself the gift of physical fitness. Do not concentrate on speed or distance but on duration. The initial goal is to simply develop a habit of enjoying a brisk thirty minute walk each day. You’ll begin to feel an increase in stamina and muscle strength after a few short weeks. Once you’ve developed the habit of walking daily, begin to inject bursts of speed to increase the heart rate. After a five minute warm up, ramp up your speed for three minutes and then return to your brisk pace for the next two minutes. Continue this rotation for the duration of your walk.

Don’t sabotage your new found walking regime with poor food choices. The greatest gift you can give your health is the elimination of fast food meals and sugary sodas. The body is simply not designed to process copious amounts of sugar and sodium. Bloating, weight gain and digestive issues are the side effect of excess sugar and sodium.

Best of luck to you on your journey to a new level of physical fitness!

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