Not a Gym Person? Than Get Out and Walk!

We all want to live and feel better but for some of us that doesn’t mean going to the gym. Personally, I fit the gym in a couple times a week but I balance it with hiking, walking and biking. Often, I only have 30 minutes to exercise so a quick walk or bike ride is easy–no extra time spent commuting to a gym. And even though my gym is only 7 minutes away, sometimes I literally don’t have that extra 15 minutes in my day. Even in the winter on the coldest days, I need my time outside. And I don’t like running. I just don’t.

Why Walking is Good for You:

Walking is a low-impact aerobic exercise that’s easy to do.

Walking can reduce belly fat, lower blood pressure and raise your production of HDL, or “good” cholesterol.

• It’s weight-bearing. We have osteoporosis on both sides of my family. For awhile, I was swimming and my doctor told me, “Great for your heart, but that’s doing nothing for your bones.” So I added walking.

• You don’t need special equipment and burns calories effectively.

• It’s free! Gym dues and fees for extra classes can add up! Got shoes? You can walk.

Turn it into a true aerobic work out by walking faster and adding some arm lifts.

• Grab a friend and it can be social time too.

walking dogs outsideApproximate Calories Burned
For a 130-pound person, walking at a moderate pace: 60 to 70 calories for 30 Minutes.
For a 200-pound person, walking at a moderate pace: 90 to 100 calories per 30 Minutes. 
For a 130-pound person, walking fast (3.5 mph) or walking slowly uphill: 80 to 90 calories for 30 minutes.
For a 200-pound person, walking fast (3.5 mph) pace: 120 calories per 30 minutes.

walking stroller Don’t have time to just take a walk?
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• Walk the the kids to school.
• Walk to the store.
• Walk to a friend’s house.
• Bundle up the kids or baby and walk at the park.
• Walk at the mall–that’s what my dad does!

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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