A new fun past time in the last year for me is walking for fitness.
Here are 3 types of walking that I do:
1. Walking with a DVD
2. Walking in local races
3. Walking with family on a bike trail or on our hill at home.
1. I started walking with a Leslie Sansone walk at home tapes quit a few years ago. I did the exercising sporadically for many years. This year on Ash Wednesday I decided that I was going to start again. It is hard to exercise for the first week. My 15-year-old son decided to be my coach. Smile!
So everyday while he did his Geometry (we homeschool) I was to exercise. Leslie’s tapes you can walk 1 to 5 miles. IF I am tired, these tapes give me energy and I wake up. I didn’t have trouble with winter depression this year. The endorphin ‘s from exercising made me much happier. One some of Leslie Sansone’s programs she uses weighted balls and stretchy bands. I don’t have the weighted balls so I use pineapple cans. The stretchy bands come with the DVD’s.
You get a very good over all work out. What surprised me the most was my lower back problems were going away and so is my neck pain. I am so happy and grateful for this walking fitness program. The program is for women and men alike.
2. The last couple of years we have done the walk/run at Old World Wisconsin. I am not in good enough shape to win, but I like being outside and some of my kids like running the one mile. This last year I found brand new walking sticks at a resale shop for $5.00 still in the cardboard packaging. I used them at Old World WI race. I walked the five miles. I was almost last, but the walking sticks helped me with my balance and I made it all the way. So walking for fun and to just say “I did it” is good for you, too.
3. Walking on a bike trail or around our hill is good exercise. It usually isn’t long enough to count as miles, but it gets me out with family and getting fresh air. As I am sitting here writing this blog post, it just dawned on me that I should use my walking sticks walking up our back hill. I am always winded when I get to the top.
I highly suggest walking for fitness and fun. As you can see, there are many ways to walk. Just start walking, you will be happy you did.