Are you overweight and got fed up with every attempt in losing weight, including diet and exercise routines such swimming, cycling, and several other exercises? Achieving your fitness goals is not that difficult.
One of the best ways to reach your fitness goal is fitness walking. Fitness walking is an easy, safe and effective way to lose weight and increase energy levels.
Fitness walking is an aerobic activity that burns calories as well as fat.
It helps maintain the heart in good condition, improves strength and muscle tone, gives relieve from stress, back pain, diabetes, arthritis, breathing problems and many more health problems.
In other words, fitness walking is a good choice for those who have ever suffered from diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, respiratory problems, dizziness, swollen ankles, or chest pain.
Brisk walking on flat surface helps burn the calories and fat without having muscles strain. On the other hand, walking uphill is best for you when trying to build up muscles and to keep your heart in good condition.
To start fitness walking, the only equipment needed is a pair of well-cushioned, good arch supportive walking shoes that fit comfortably on your feet. Remember that wearing wrong kind of shoes can cause blisters and chaffed skin.
Today, most of the shoe manufacturers are designing shoes with cushioning support and making it available in wide ranges. To provide more protection to your feet, you can buy a pair of cushioned walking socks along with shoes.
On the other hand, wear loose-fitting clothing according to the weather. In addition to these, use a water bottle to stay hydrated while fitness walking and also a watch to observe the heart beating rate while doing fitness waking.
Before starting fitness walking, consult your doctor or health professional particularly when you are pregnant, obese, restarting physical activities (exercises), under treatment, or over 60 years.
On the other hand, if you are new to fitness walking, try to start out with slow and short walks and increase your speed gradually. It is also good to start your fitness walking on flat surfaces and going into more challenging route (uphill walks) gradually.
It is also a good idea to join a group of fitness walking beginners. However, joining the group who has been into fitness walking can keep you behind and may loose your motivation by seeing how hard these people are working out.
Proper walking style plays a vital role in fitness walking. Ignoring proper walking style while doing fitness walking can result in chronic body pains, poor posture difficulties, and beauty related problems (double chin and/or potbelly).
For a proper walking style, don’t be slouch and always walk in a straight posture where you need to straighten up your head and back, keep shoulder straight, tuck your tummy in and compress your body buns. Avoid looking down and always look forward. Allow your arm swing naturally.
Following these fitness walking tips can help achieve your fitness goals and maintain good body condition.