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Power Walking for Health and Fitness

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by coolblues, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. coolblues

    coolblues Platinum IL'ite

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    Walking is one of the most enjoyable and least expensive fitness exercises that thousands of doctors recommend. You can walk almost anywhere and if done right, can give you greater health benefits. Power walking or fitness walking gives the same benefits as running. It is a great way to stay in shape and healthy. Wondering what power walking is ? Power walking makes use of all the muscles of the body. Power walking gives you the right posture and tightens all the muscles when you walk. If done correctly, it is said that power walking can give the benefits of cardio and strength training at the same time.
    Here are few tips for power walking –

    1. Buy a pair of good walking shoes. Running shoes are better as they are designed to take more stress. Your shoes should be flexible and be of the correct size. Since your feet will swell during exercise, make sure the shoes have sufficient room for the feet.
    2. Stand erect and have a good posture. Look forward, keep your chin high and head up.
    3. Raise your chest slightly and relax your shoulder muscles.
    4. Keep your arms bent angled at 90 degrees and keep them close to your body.
    5. Swing your arms forward as you walk and your hands should not cross your chest.
    6. Abdominal muscles should be firm while you walk.
    7. Push off with your toes and roll your step from heal-to-toe, taking smaller but faster steps. Your heel should land first on the ground.
    8. Breathe naturally and walk fast enough to get more oxygen to the system. The pace should be fast enough to increase the rate of breathing but should not let you feel out of breath.
    9. Never over-stride since this will slow you down.
    10. Drink a glass of water thirty minutes before you walk to keep the body hydrated and one cup every 20 minutes during the walk.

    Happy Power Walking!!
     
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  2. mimur9

    mimur9 IL Hall of Fame

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    cool tips :)

    Walking is "the best" exercise and for weightloss too.

    Try to walk at the pace you are comfortable.

    When you walk with friends you will invovle in talks which affect your breathing rythm. Moreover each person is comfortable walking in their own pace, so you may either have to slow down or speed up your pace for your partner. So walk and while you sit to cool down, talk.

    Happy Walking.
     
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    cedantseq New IL'ite

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    hi, thanks for the walking tips too
     
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    saarang Local Champion Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Nice tips... Thanks!
     
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    cutesangeeta New IL'ite

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    hii,
    thnx for da info..but how long one should walk a day?
     
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    coolblues Platinum IL'ite

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    Start with 20 minutes and gradually increase to 40-45 minutes a day , 5 times a week.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    archana506 Gold IL'ite

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    simplysaher New IL'ite

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    Thanks for sharing....
     
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    kavimathi Junior IL'ite

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    thanks for sharing..nice info..
     
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    DURGARAJ Silver IL'ite

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    thanks for sharing. Yeah I have also seen that walking is really good for the body.
     

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