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Walk Your Way Fit!

Article #44

It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker.
~Henry David Thoreau

Have you been looking for an easy, fun way to get fit? One that
doesnt involve costly equipment or a ton of time?

Would you like to:

Lose weight?
Improve endurance?
Tone muscles?
Enjoy long range health?

Did you know that you can reap these benefits (and more) just by
walking? You can! But, what most people dont know: in effort to
achieve a certain result, you need to use a specific program (or
a combination of them).

When first making the commitment to a walking program, youll need
to establish your goals--ask yourself: Whats my main fitness

Next, you need only match up your goal to one of these five programs.
Choose from: weight loss, cardio conditioning, muscle toning, long
term health or a combination of all of these.

Heres a thumbnail sketch of each simple program:

* Weight Loss

Benefits: Flatten tummy, shrink hips, tighten thighs, reduce
excessive fat.

Type of walk: Moderate; 45-60 minutes, daily.

Calories expended: 2,000-2,500 per week.

*Cardio Conditioning

Benefits: Strengthens heart, improves aerobic endurance, helps you
perform better during other aerobic activities, and helps you recover
more quickly from physical exertion.

Type of walk: High intensity, brisk pace; 20-30 minutes 3-4 days
per week.

Calories expended: 800-1,000 calories per week.

*Muscle Toning

Benefits: Improve muscle strength, endurance, body firmness and
increase metabolism.

Type of walk: Moderate, with resistance; 20-70 minutes 2-3 days per

Calories expended: 500-3,000 calories per week.

Notes: Use hand weights-light hand or wrist weights and swing them
in a controlled manner. When doing so, flex your arm muscles,
keeping them as close as possible to your trunk.

* Long Term Health

Benefits: Done consistently, this walk will increase energy, reduce
stress and fatigue, improve risk of heart disease, improve mood,
improve self-esteem and ad years to your life.

Type of Walk: Consistent walks; 30+ minutes, daily.

Calories expended 2,000 per week.

* Have it all! Mix up all four.

Type of walk: Choose one program each day, 4 times per week or check
out some of the great walking videos here:!

My Moms story: When I was a teen-ager my mother and I used to
exercise together. After some years, however, my Moms priorities
changed and she found herself about 30 pounds overweight. Once she
made the commitment to make a change, she used the combination of a
daily walk and a sensible diet. The result? She lost one pound per
week for 30 weeks and is back to her thin self once again!

A couple things before you begin. Most importantly, before you begin
any fitness program, check with your doctor. Also, to make your
walking workout a positive experience, invest in proper footwear.
You will want to have flexible sneakers, walking shoes or
(what I usually recommend) cross-trainers. They are available
at all sporting goods stores: make the investment, youll be glad
you did!

And speaking of proper form, most people also do not realize that
there is a way to walk for the greatest benefit. Its easy:
first, strike the ground with your heel, rolling your foot to your
toe. Then, push off with your toe. Repeat this with your opposite

That's all there is to it! With a little effort and your new
flexible shoes "made for walkin'" you are well on your way to
walking yourself fit!

Laura Turner, Certified Personal Trainer has developed
a series of health, fitness, and nutrition tips available
at In 21 days you can
create healthy new you,let her show you how! Get her free
report: 7 Steps to a High Performance Body by sending a
blank email to:

If you would like to discuss this article click the link below:
Laura Turner, C.P.T.