There’s a lot to see in and near Auburn, WA, and you can do it while improving your overall fitness by just adding steps. Walking is one of the most economical ways to get fit and can be one of the most interesting, especially when you focus on seeing things that interest you. You can extend your life span while you visit parks or shop in one of the many malls. That’s right, you don’t have to go outside to walk, stay indoors, especially during bad weather. The Outlet Collection is fully enclosed and large enough to provide loads of exercise and some great merchandise.
If you aren’t ready for a full-blown workout, adding steps can prepare your body.
It’s easy to get out of shape. Sometimes, the type of work you do is sedentary. Sometimes, health issues make you more inactive and it’s hard to get back into shape. Whatever the reason, it’s never too late to start again. If you’re really out of shape, just start adding more steps to your day. Take the stairs or intentionally park further from the store. It won’t take long before you notice your energy and endurance is better.
Walking can help you avoid health conditions or improve those you have.
If osteoporosis is a problem or you worry it will be, you can slow the progress and even reverse it when you walk regularly. The muscles tug on the bones when you walk and that stimulates the uptake of calcium to make the bones stronger. Respiratory problems can be helped with walking. It can make your lungs stronger, so you’ll build your endurance. It’s good for circulation and heart healthy, too. In fact, almost all parts of the body and functions improve when you walk on a regular basis. It’s even good for cognitive functioning.
If you’re already exercising, walking can be a recovery exercise.
If you’ve pushed yourself hard exercising and found that every muscle in your body hurts, you need to switch your routine for a day or two for recovery. Having sore muscles doesn’t mean you sit on the couch for several days. Unless it’s impossible, opt for an active recovery. That means doing mild exercise while you recover. It stimulates circulation and makes recovery quicker, while keeping you active and making you healthier.
- You can take walking to a whole new level and turn it into a high intensity interval training session. Just vary the intensity from high intensity brisk walking for a few minutes, to a recovery pace and back.
- Walking will build endurance, but it doesn’t build strength. You can change that by carrying weights or wearing arm and leg weights and swinging arms briskly. Add stretching and flexibility training and you have a more complete program.
- Don’t forget to warm up for a few minutes before walking, especially if you’re going any major distance. You can break up your walk into several sections of five to ten minutes each to get a half hour or more a day.
- Always check with your health care professional before you start any exercise program, especially if you have health issues. If you’re just starting, take it slow and do several short walks throughout the day.
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