We know that physical activity contributes to better health. That’s why we try with all our might to toss in a few minutes of walking, jogging or light workouts into our daily activities. For us who cannot commit to a rigorous workout, we often opt for walking and light activities. But, despite our efforts, we still do not get the results expected or that we aren’t as healthy as we want to be. So here are a few things you can do to maximize your walking and light activities.
Keeping a sedentary lifestyle at this age and time is very tempting with technology either keeping us entertained or doing things for us. We reserve walking only when we open the door for our food delivery or when we feel guilty for not doing it more often. But, here’s a list of why we should be getting off from our couches and sweating it up a little by walking or some other light activities:
Warming-up and cooling-down are two processes you can’t do away even in walking and light exercises no matter how taunting these activities are. Warming-up allows you to stimulate blood flow in your muscles, minimizing soreness later on. Cooling-down after an exercise regulate blood flow to normal levels.
You cannot immediately see or feel the benefits of walking. That is why it’s sometimes hard to find the motivation to keep up the activity. To inspire you to walk more, find new (but safe) routes every week or choose the best hours and day to see certain places. It will not only keep you fit but also feeds your wanderlust!
Your light exercises don’t have to be exclusive to a single type of physical activity. For example, if your main workout is walking, you can make it extra exciting by adding a few lunges or squats. Take a few minutes from your walk and do lunges or squats in areas with great views!
As you get comfortable in your walking routine, record the time and distance covered you’ve covered. After a couple of weeks try to beat your records to gradually challenge your physical capacities as you continue with your exercise.
We have to remember that maintaining good health involves a lot of factors more than just the exercise aspect. Apart from these activities you also have to consider your lifestyle, diet, environment and other factors that affect your health.