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Walking Again

A walk is best with a buddy.

Thank goodness for fall!  Finally we get nice crisp mornings that are ideal for early walks along trails with dew-moistened grass and brown leaves crunching beneath your feet.  The chill in the air hastens your steps and the clean air opens your eyes to the wonderfully changing nature of the life around you.  The wildlife sounds fresh as they come to life after the lengthening nights.

For those of us who once again began our efforts to get into shape last spring, only to find that we failed to account for age, condition, or the mental and emotional strength needed for such an endeavor this season is the beginning of a renewed effort to look the best that we have in years… for next summer.  Having learned from experience that waiting until March or May to begin is an increasingly blatant overestimation of our aging ability for recuperation we can embark this fall on an ever so slightly graduated program that should, by next summer, have us in the best shape that our expanding countenances can allow.

Go walking every day.  Increase the amount you walk occasionally, and try to increase your pace.  I have seen advice to walk as fast as allows you to engage in a normal conversation without breathing hard, although other advice that I have read would indicate that adding a more aerobic aspect such as elevating your breathing and heart-rate would be beneficial as well.

I do know from my research in nutrition that fat needs extra blood supply which means increasing the vascular network, which is a product of aerobic exercise and perhaps that would be the reason for the advice not to speed up to the point of aerobic promotion.  It all depends upon your main reasons for walking.  If weight loss is the main goal then I suppose you would not want to be adding vascular capacity so much as just walking to burn calories.  In that case you would probably want to walk briskly but not to a point of increasing your rate of breathing.

If, on the other hand, your main goal is in increasing toning and endurance you may want to walk more briskly and even alternate between jogging or running and walking.  In this case, if you have not been exercising on a regular basis you will be best served by starting off slowly and gradually increasing your speed and distance.

Whatever your goal for walking, the fall is an ideal time for it, with the changing colors and the birds migrating noisily overhead.  You really owe it to your health, as well as your mindset, to get out and walk.

Our country is in the midst of an obesity epidemic that seems insurmountable, but the answer is right there at our feet.  We can walk our way out.

Here is an excellent resource to find hiking trails in your area:

been exercising on a regular basis you will be best served by starting off slowly and gradually increasing your speed and distance.

Whatever your goal for walking, the fall is an ideal time for it, with the changing colors and the birds migrating noisily overhead.  You really owe it to your health, as well as your mindset, to get out and walk.

Here is an excellent resource to find hiking trails in your area.

http://alltrails.com/my/home

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One thought on “Walking Again

  1. That makes me want to go walking more with the kids. Cant wait for cooler air and the Oregon air flowing through my lungs once again.

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