Power Walking20 January, 2013 0 comments
January. The month where diets start and new exercise regimes take hold. When you’re looking to keep in shape the simplest and cheapest way to do so is to take a brisk stroll. This could be around your neighborhood, or your local park. But with all forms of exercises you do need to be prepared and be careful. There are a few do’s and don’ts that you need to take note of if you want to maximize your exercises and stay injury free.
Before we discuss the things you should and should not be doing when power walking, let’s talk about the benefits. By adding power walking to your lifestyle you could benefit in a number of ways.
Personal Trainer, Paul Eaton, explains a few benefits of taking part in this type of exercise. “Power Walking is the perfect way for those looking to start an exercise/weight loss regime, general benefits are: Improved cardiovascular fitness, weight management (in conjunction with healthy eating), reduced blood pressure and lowering of cholesterol levels.” Other benefits also include “improved muscle density, stress management and a reduced risk of C.H.D (Coronary Heart Disease).”
Now that you are aware of the many benefits of power walking, here are a few hints and tips to be aware of when you are participating in this exercise.
CMS Fitness Courses, a health and fitness training provider, says this “Work in blocks of at-least ten minutes and progress over time. Although five minutes is suitable for some. Also aim to walk at least three times a week between 20-6 minutes.”
They also add “Don’t dawdle, be slightly breathless and warm as a maintainable speed.”
Paul also explains some things that should be done to keep yourself out of harms way whilst walking. In terms of terrain he says “ for the beginner keep it safe and simple – on the flat. Intensity can be increased with hills and steps but always make sure that the area that you are in is safe and that someone always knows where and when you will be walking in case of an emergency.”
And for those looking for an extra challenge weighted items, such as bags and vests can be added. But Paul says “make sure that you do not try to do too much too soon – always be cautious when adding weight to your walking as to are shifting your centre of gravity and placing different stresses upon the body.”
So for those of you wishing to loose weight or become fitter this year power walking could be the exercise for you. It is free and easy to do and has many added benefits such as improving your cardiovascular fitness, reducing blood pressure and improving your muscle density. To ensure that you stay safe whilst walking, never push yourself too hard and always inform some one of your whereabouts just in case you require assistance.