Have you been spending a bit too much time on the sofa lately? The side effects of a sedentary lifestyle include high blood pressure, onset diabetes, lethargy and lack of motivation. While it’s certainly an easy habit to get into, it’s also an easy habit to emerge from. It’s understandable to be over whelmed by the near constant barrage of promises from nearly every major media outlet on the latest crash diets and extreme exercise routines. At best, the results are short lived; at worst, the results could send you to the emergency room. The best way to begin your path to total body wellness is to start with small steps that can be developed into habits and sustainable for the rest of your life. Follow these back to basic recommendations from the fitness experts to jump start your walking regime.
Walking is the single most beneficial physical exercise you can do. It’s simple, requires no special equipment or venue and can be enjoyed for decades. The side effects of a daily walking regime include increased stamina, lower blood pressure, increased metabolism and shrinking waistline. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the huge assortment of active wear available at Old Navy. Commit to walking each day for at least thirty minutes. If large blocks of time are a challenge with your busy schedule, consider walking for fifteen minutes twice each day. Take along a friend, earbuds with your favorite tunes or podcast or just enjoy the scenery. Do not focus on speed or distance. The initial goal is to develop a daily habit. You’ll begin to feel and increase in energy and stamina after a few short weeks.
Don’t sabotage your healthy walking regime with poor food choices. The two greatest improvements you can make towards healthy eating are the elimination of fast food meals and sugary sodas. The body’s metabolism is simply not designed to process excess sugar and sodium. Bloating, fatigue, weight gain, diabetes and high blood pressure are the side effects of excess sugar and sodium. Best of luck to your on ramping up your walking regime and enjoying the side effects!