Intimidated by Exercise? Walk it Out!

Physical activity is key to a happy and healthy lifestyle.Physical activity reduces cardiovascular disease risk, helps in maintaining a healthy weight, helps keep blood pressure and blood lipid profiles in a healthy range, and also helps reduce risk for other diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The World Health Organization recommends that all adults between the ages of 18 and 64 participate in 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week. That means about 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week of activity that keeps your heart rate elevated.          

For some people this can be a very challenging task!Do you ever have a hard time getting yourself motivated enough to do a workout?Or do you avoid the gym for fear of not knowing what to do?An easy solution to these types of concerns is walking!You don’t have to do sprints or run 6 miles to get a good work out in, believe it or not walking can be very beneficial for your health.Walking at a moderately fast pace gets your heart rate up and your muscles working Walking is a great form of exercise because you can do it anywhere, its low impact, and it leaves little room for excuses.This form of exercise can be done by people of all ages and requires no equipment!Another great benefit of walking is that you don’t have to have a gym membership, you could go for a brisk walk around the UNH campus with a friend for 30 minutes a day and that counts as a workout! At the gym, you could walk around the indoor track or on the treadmill; and if you’re looking for an extra challenge, bump up the incline level! Other great activities would be to go for a nature walk or hike a mountain. Walking is a fool proof way of ensuring that you get your 30 minutes of daily exercise in, even with the busiest schedule.So go ahead and get walking!


For some ideas on walking workouts visit the Fitness Magazine website and Healthy UNH's Walking Guide to count your steps across campus.