Today starts my Walk Your Way to a 5K Sneak Peek Challenge! If you want in, message me immediately! During this week I am going to discuss 5 areas of health and wellness. Up first, activity of course.
Activity, exercise, movement – whatever you want to call it – it is IMPORTANT! Your body is meant to MOVE! But the majority of Americans don’t get near enough exercise/activity. The American Heart Association recommends:
To improve overall cardiovascular health, we suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. You will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.
Beginners should start with light to moderate exercise and work their way toward vigorous. This is to give their body a chance to get used to its new routine as well as prevent injuries from pushing too hard too quickly.
I always recommend people who have not been active start with walking. Why walking?
- Walking is low impact! – Less of a shock to their system and less chance they will get injured
- Walking is free! – You can walk in your house, in your neighborhood, on greenways, etc.
- Little to no equipment needed to walk! – While you can truly walk in anything, I recommend at least a good pair of walking shoes. Your feet need the care and protection.
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I have dealt on and off with leg injuries and foot issues. No matter what though, I still love walking the best. I can tell a difference in my body when I walk regularly as well as my energy level. And I still feel a huge accomplishment each time I finish a 5K.
If you are just getting started, work up to the 150 minutes slowly. Start with 10 or 15 minutes per day. My Walk Your Way to a 5K peeps walk 60 minutes total their first week.
Obviously, walking isn’t the only activity you can do. There are so many activities and exercises out there that you are sure to find something that works for you. Playing outdoors with your kids counts. Walking the dog counts. Even cleaning your house is a form of movement. If you have been thinking about joining a gym, most of them typically have January joining specials.One of the most important areas of health is activity! Let's discuss how much you need! Click To Tweet
What is your favorite activity or exercise?