Are you one of those people who thinks walking doesn’t really count as exercise? I’ve written before about the importance of movement and walking definitely counts as movement. Walking is ideal for those who, for whatever reason (achy joints, out of shape, can’t afford a gym membership, etc.) don’t participate in other forms of exercise.
You don’t need much to get started. Just a pair of decent walking shoes and a 15-minute time slot. If you can ease your way up to 30 minutes of walking five times a week, that’s a great, modest goal. But if you haven’t walked in a while, start anywhere. Can you walk for just five minutes to start? Add an extra minute each day and you’ll be up to 30 minute walks in no time, without feeling any strain.
Here are some tips to get more walking time into your life.
- If you use public transportation, exit the bus or train one stop before you normally would and walk the rest of the way.
- Park your car near a scenic walking spot and walk away from it for 15 minutes. Turn around and come back and you will have put in your 30 minutes.
- Set a timer on your phone or desktop to go off every hour and walk around the office for five minutes when the alarm goes off.
- If you’re social, try to recruit a walking buddy. It helps to have someone else to walk and talk with. Makes the time go much faster.
- If you can’t find a walking buddy, try listening to a podcast on any topic in which you’re interested or get an audio book from your local public library to listen to as you walk.
- Consider participating in a charity or fun walk. Having a goal might help you get moving each day to complete some light training sessions.
- Fitbit is a piece of wearable technology that’s designed to enhance your commitment to movement. It’s a fitness tracker that measures your steps and, if you’re the competitive type, helps you compare your level of activity with friends. Some people find that it provides just the encouragement they need.
Walking is an excellent companion the adjustable gastric balloon. As with any health or wellness strategy, the most important thing is to just start anywhere. So lace up and go take your first step.
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at email@example.com. Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.