Steppin’ Out: Beginning to Exercise

Walking is the perfect exercise for beginners.

Embarking on an exercise plan can seem daunting if you’re a newbie.  Here are some simple “steps” to get you on your way to a healthier you!

  1. Start slow, then ramp it up. Starting off doing too much too soon could leave you injured and frustrated. Begin by walking just 10-15 minutes at a moderate pace. You should get a little winded, but not be gasping for breath. Keep doing this for a week. Then add 5 minutes to your daily walk each week until you reach at least 30 minutes per day.
  2. Have a schedule and stick to it. You are more likely to stick with a plan if it’s part of your daily routine.
  3. Recruit a friend. People who exercise with other people are more likely to stick with their program. It makes time go by faster and allows you to reconnect with people without interruptions.
  4. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after walking. Water can boost energy and keep you from getting dehydrated and feeling sluggish.
  5. Incorporate a warm up, cool down and stretching into your routine. Start your walk at a slow warm up pace, stop and do a few warm up / flexibility drills. Then walk for the desired length of time. End your walk with the slower cool down pace and stretch well after your walk. Stretching will make you feel great and assist in injury prevention.
  6. Get fitted for proper shoes. Footwear can make a huge impact on your ability to increase mileage.
Exercising is one of the best things you can do for your health and its as easy as lacing up your tennis shoes and going for a walk!

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