|WALKING THIS WAY.
STAY HEALTHY & FIT BY WALKING
A recent study concludes that post-menopausal women can reduce their risk for breast cancer just by walking. Some tips and products that will help you to get going:
Take Even strides
- Get a dog...adopt one from the animal shelter and then donīt just take it to the dog park, turn it loose, and sit down on a bench. A dog needs at least two walks a day, morning and evening, and so do you.
- Use a pedometer. Even a very simple one that tracks "steps" is useful.
- Play music or the news. Use a portable music player like a Walkman.
- If you donít like solitude, find a partner or look for organized walking clubs in your area.
When walking for exercise, it is important that you keep a normal stride. Over-extending our stride length jolts our joints and actually slows us down.
Stretch before you Start
Itís important to warm up before exercising... even walking. Stretch calves, hamstrings, hips and thighs; just 10 minutes of stretches does the trick.
Use the Right shoes
When walking for exercise (or just out walking for the fun of it), be sure to wear the right shoes. There are shoes designed especially for walking; invest in a good pair for yourself. Comfy shoes extend your enjoyment time!
Water while walking
When considering a l-o-n-g walk for exercising, itīs wise to carry a bottle of water with you; slip it in a pocket. Dehydration could make you weak or dizzy - take the water!
Keep covered from the sun
If you sunburn easily in summertime, it is best to wear light-weight, long-sleeved cotton blouse or shirt when doing extensive walking in the summer. Still, you should use a sunscreen. Protecting yourself from the UV rays is important.