It's a well known fact that walking is one of the best ways to begin an exercise program, and to lose weight. It's easy, free and is done from anywhere in the world. The equipment involved is nothing more than your mind, body, sunblock, a good pair of walking shoes and comfortable clothes. There you have it.
Now get to it double time!
Double time: Start with Duration then intensity
Actually, my idea of double time probably isn't what you're thinking. For me, double time is not increasing the intensity, but increasing the duration by doing things twice. Exercise studies prove that exercise programs like high intensity interval training [HIIT] or Cross Fit styles are great to blast fat. But let's be honest, not everyone is in the condition it takes to do that style of training. It takes people time to get to that level, and since I believe in longevity and staying injury free, start with what you know how to do. Start walking.
That’s it? Walking? Yes, begin with a feasible walking program. What if you can't fit a 30 minute walk into your day? That's okay. We all start somewhere. The best way to accomplish more exercise is by starting with an attainable goal, and walking double time is a way to do that.
Walk the weight away
With my example, I really mean begin doing things twice; hence, double time. For instance, I live on the third floor. It takes me a minute to get up stairs, but if I want to fit in extra cardio I can walk the stairs twice. For someone out of shape, and just beginning a new program, take your time. This isn't a race; this is about getting exercise.
Another example is parking further back in the parking lot of a store you frequent. Before entering the store double time it back to the car and then head back to the store. Sound silly? Not at all. You just increased your cardiovascular workout from three minutes to six. If you're with friends and they ask what you’re doing just say you forgot something in the car.
It's that simple. Before you know it basic physical activities such as a going up and down the stairs will quicken and become easier. You'll also have increased health benefits.
This alleviates exercise deterrents like embarrassment or intimidation, too. They can be ruled out since no one has to know you are exercising; you're just walking.
***The most significant changes occur when a healthy nutrition plan is also incorporated.
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Lisa M. White
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