Fitness Walking Crawls Ahead
treadmill too boring? Is the “Stairmaster” too tiring? Does
the seat on the fitness bike make your butt sore? Stop whining, baby,
and look toward another alternative: fitness walking.
walking? It’s the thing you do in order to grab a snack out of
the kitchen during the commercial of your soap or sitcom. Don’t
look now, but millions of Americans agree: fitness walking is taking
the country by storm as a popular solution to quieting the fitness guru
that’s inside you. And the best part about it ... it’s
“free,” of course, is a relative term, because nothing is
free these days. You’ll need a good pair of shoes and some proper
workout clothes, but you won’t have to join a club or pay $59.99
for a jar of powdered “SkinnyNow!” to get a good workout.
easy to see why fitness walking has become so popular. When done right,
it’s a terrific full body workout,” said Liz Neporent,
author of Fitness Walking for Dummies and host of eyada.com’s
radio show LizzyFit. “Anyone can do it, regardless of age. But,
it does require some thought about clothes, equipment and accessories,
especially in the summertime when the heat can be brutal.”
the Sports Goods Manufacturing Association, fitness walking is the most
popular form of exercise in America, with more than 80 million
Americans participating on a regular basis. The Aerobics and Fitness
Association of America says the “baby boomers” are the
leaders of the pack, because more of them realize fitness walking is
relaxing, gentle on the joints and a great alternative to high-impact
sports, like running.
Neporent offers the following tips for gaining the most benefits out of fitness walking:
- Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
possible, avoid exercising in the middle of the day. The sun is the
strongest during this time, and the air is at its hottest. If your
schedule won’t allow any flexibility, stick to a shaded route.
- Use sweatproof, waterproof sunscreen while participating in outdoor activities.
- Wear a light-colored hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare and ultra-violet rays.
- Drink plenty of water before going out and carry a bottle with you. If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
- Wear light-colored clothes made of synthetic or mesh-like materials that draw sweat away from your body to keep you cooler.
- Wear a walking shoe with an angled heel and plenty of padding that lets you stride naturally while you walk.
after your slow cool-down when your muscles are warm and receptive to
stretching so you’re less likely to pull a muscle.
- If you use poles, canes or any type of walking stick, make sure they have a rubber tip to prevent slippage.
Contact: Damon Jones, Proctor & Gamble, 1 Proctor & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202; (513) 945-8432;