If you've made a New Year's resolution to get in better shape and lose some weight, you're definitely not alone! However, you don't need to rush out and buy the latest workout program or pay big bucks for a membership at a fancy gym. Walking is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to increase your physical activity and lose that weight. Specifically, walking:
- Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, joint problems, and possibly even cancer
- Protects your bones and joints against fractures due to falls
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Helps improve your sleep.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to learn more about all the different ways walking can improve your life, click Benefits of Walking. This article also provides great tips for getting started, proper form, and important safety tips.
But maybe you are interested in taking it to the next level. You know that walking and other cardiovascular exercises are good for you, but you want to be able to actually measure this. You need to figure out what your target heart rate is when exercising -- you will often hear this referred to as "the zone." It might sound complicated, but we explain the math in easy-to-understand terms in Cardio 101: The Basics of Cardiovascular Exercise. This article also goes into more detail about why cardio workouts are so important and the benefits of incorporating strength training.