If you are new to this blog and new to walking, please go back and read some of the oldest posts. I believe you'll find some good tools there. But, some of them are worth repeating from time to time.
Walking 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles) is what is now recommended for all of us. Five miles seems like a lot. So, set a shorter goal and work up from there.
My actual goal is 6,000 steps a day. I actually measure (by time) only about 3,000 steps. That's the duration of the walk for which I lace on my walking shoes. The other 2,000 steps come from waking here and there as part of my normal activities.
If you're sedentary - I didn't say lazy - you'll walk far less. If you are tied to a desk or tie yourself to an easy chair, you need to find ways to add steps to your daily routine.
Start with baby steps:
*Walk during your break at work.
*Walk up and down the stairs rather than take the elevator. If you work on the 15th floor, take the elevator to 14 and walk up one flight.
*Walk during commercials on TV.
*Walk for 5 minutes after dinner.
*Walk 2 minutes every day this week, 3 minutes every day next week, and so forth. Track this on a calendar so you can see how your walking time is expanding.
*Shoot for at least 20 minutes of sustained walking (all at one time) every day - but BREAK THAT DOWN into smaller chunks til you get there. It's not a race. Use your own judgment about how long you should be walking each day. Just increase that amount as soon as you become comfortable with the distance/time you are walking today.
WHY SHOULD YOU WALK? TUNE IN TOMORROW.
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.
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