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Sitting down or being virtually inactive longer than four hours can slow down your metabolism and make your body store fat. If you have a job which demands you to sit for long hours, you specially tend to put on weight around your stomach and hip. To avoid this, walking becomes a must to boost your metabolism. While walking is primarily a cardio exercise, many of us resort to walking for weight loss as well. But hold your horses for a minute and think is the way you walk really helping you lose anything except energy?
We attribute pain and injuries to the fact that we haven t walked in a long time so it ll obviously hurt a little but be cautious because the real reason may be that you are not striding the right way. Here are a few tips to take into account:
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about walking the right way:
No, because walking doesn t need shock absorbents like running shoes do. But if you have had any past foot or knee injuries it s best to consult your doctor in case you need some special support on your ankle. Apart from that all you need to see is that the shoe fits snugly and not tight or loose. Try walking in them and judge whether they are right for you. Needless to say, flip flops or open sandals aren t the right footwear. Here is you can choose the right workout clothes.
Yes. Warm up with a short walk and break into a slow jog or a run, whichever you like. If you walk for 15 minutes, you can run for 5 mins. However, once you are done jogging, start walking immediately to avoid your legs from tiring. If you take a break, it becomes difficult to run the next time.
Why not? Find yourself some peppy numbers and be on your way. It s a great way from keeping walks dull and is a good motivating tool. Very important, however, that you make sure you pay attention to passersby and vehicles. Here are 10 must have walking songs for your playlist.
Not always. While it s good moral support to have someone along with you, you also need to make sure you don t dawdle or that your brisk walk turns into a stroll while you gossip. Also don t be so dependent on your companion that if they can t walk, you have a ready excuse not to.
A lot of experts have said that running on tarred roads does, at least over an extended period of time. This is because of the hardness of the surface the shock of which the knee can t tolerate. It s better to be cautious even if you are just walking, especially if you are older. Find a park or any non-tar surface to walk on. If you can find yourself a beach great! Having a treadmill at home is also a good option but nothing beats the fresh air of outdoors.
This cannot be stressed enough: if you have had any kind of injury, however minimal, please don t push yourself into a walking regimen without consulting a doctor. For all you know, you ll make it worse. Even if you ve had a surgery, get a doctor s opinion (and a second opinion) to make sure you are fit enough to walk. And of course, try to find a soft surface to walk on. Here are 7 tips to relieve knee pain.
Walking is a great exercise option no fuss no muss and you can go whenever you want, there s no equipment or special workout dress code you need to follow but walking the right way is just as important if you are looking for a weight loss option. Stick by these tips and you ll see the difference for yourself!
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