WALKING 4 HEALTH; make 2016 the year of YOU! There is no magic pill, no special shake, and no secret diet just get in gear and get moving. There are some great benefits of walking. It gets you out of the house and into terrific physical shape. It lifts your spirits in “Just 10 minutes of walking the pace you would use if you were late for an appointment – but obviously without the stress of being late-can boost your mood for two hours.” Says Robert Thayer, PH.D.
(2015 Extreme Walk 4 Diabetes Day 10 mile 430)
Yep its true walking makes you happy! Exercise boosts your mood studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mind to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking an absolute must.
(Summer's End Marathon 9-15-2015)
Walking gives you energy and you’ll get more done with more energy, and a brisk walk is one of the best natural energizers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. Try walking on your lunch break to achieve more in the afternoon.
Eating healthy can change your life, change your eating change your life. You don't have to give up the foods you enjoy but the key is to do it in small quantities. Instead of calorie counting ask yourself where the food came from and if it's nutritious. Healthy, nutrient-rich foods will help keep hunger at bay, help maintain stable blood sugar levels, and minimize cravings. Eat the rainbow. Greens, oranges, reds, purple, yellows will supply your body with a range of disease-fighting nutrients, and will naturally fill you up to help you cut back on unhealthy foods.
Brisk is best on the walking front and intervals are the key. Plan to do a 30-minute walk and break it up into burst of high-speed power walking for 4-5 minutes split with 1-2 minute slow walking breaks. Carry weights or a backpack to make things a bit tougher. You can also add some push-ups and squats for a great 30 minute fitness workout.
Have a fabulous workout and keep smiling!