A different kind of "two-step"

JGH News, Fall 2013

Looking to stay in shape this fall, but can’t find an exercise routine that suits you? You know that exploring your African dance talents with Zumba isn’t your style. Krav Maga isn’t doing it and yoga sounds like a way to nap for an hour. Well, here’s a radical thought: what about walking? With all the hype around workouts like CrossFit and P90X, you may have forgotten the benefits and simplicity of just putting on your running shoes and going for a brisk walk. Here’s a quick refresher:

  • It’s heart-healthy: Walking can help manage heart disease, blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
  • It’ll make you happier: Walking briskly raises the level of serotonin, which helps relieve stress and put you in a better mood.
  • It’s inexpensive: Walking only requires a good pair of running shoes and some comfortable clothes. They’re easily transportable, so you can walk anywhere.
  • It’s versatile: If you can’t spare 30 to 60 minutes, break up your walk into 10-minute segments throughout the day.
  • It’s social: Walking can be a solitary or group activity. Instead of chatting on the phone with a friend, meet for a walk so you can exercise while you talk.
  • Any season, anytime: Whatever the temperature outside, walking is an all-season activity. Not only will you reap the benefits of exercise, you’ll get some much-needed time outdoors.

So grab your iPod, water bottle and running shoes, and head out. As temperatures begin to drop, you’ll have an ideal opportunity to enjoy the crisp air before winter sets in. It’s as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

 You can learn more about the benefits of walking at  Mayoclinic.com or at  Livestrong.com.

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