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By NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health
Say you need to get in better shape, but you’re starting from square one.
Gyms and fitness can be intimidating, especially if it’s new to you.
But getting in shape doesn’t have to mean going all out with a super-strenuous workout. It doesn’t even require a gym membership or a personal trainer.
It can be as simple as walking.
“Regular, or daily walking is important for everyone, and if you haven’t started an exercise program it’s a great, low-impact way to begin,” said Michael Brandson, personal trainer at Northwest Community Hospital.
Some benefits of walking include lower blood pressure, stress relief, lower fasting blood sugar, weight management, mood-enhancement or anti-depression and better memory.
There are three things to consider when planning a walking program: frequency, intensity and time. Think about how often you’ll walk and for how long, as well as the level of difficulty (are you walking on flat ground or up hills?).
Sometimes it helps to start with small walks and gradually build up to longer ones, so you don’t abandon your plan. Being consistent with your walking schedule is most important.
Where to begin?
Planning a walking program before you start will help you stay consistent and track your progress.
The best thing about walking for fitness is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. Getting started is the hardest part.
From prevention to rehabilitation, the Wellness Center at Northwest Community Hospital provides an integrated approach to health and wellness through fitness and nutrition. Reshape your fitness routine at the Wellness Center.