The hardest part of exercising is just starting. Once begun it’s soon done. You start exercising with a simple move of your thumb, press the Power button on your tv remote, and get up off your butt. Lets go for a walk
The Easiest Way To Start
WALK / JOG:
Start by walking where you can walk for 15 minutes without stopping for a traffic light. You don’t have to start with 15 minutes, start with 5 minutes. Walk out of your house, take your watch with you and walk for 5 minutes. Turn around and walk home. You’ve just walked for 10 minutes. How do you feel?
If you’re not out of breath and if you have no aches or pains, that’s great. It’s a good start. If you do this, five minutes out and five minutes back every day or even every other day, it’s going to get easier. There is no reason to overdo it, but you need to Just Do It.
When you’re comfortable with five minutes out and five minutes back every day, start adding time. Add five minutes every week. So, let’s say week #2 you do ten minutes out and ten minutes back, that’s 2o minutes every day. You could just as well stay with ten minutes out and back twice a day. It’s still 20 minutes. When 10 minutes out and back feels good, move up to 15 minutes.
At 15 minutes out and back that’s a total of 30 minutes a day. 30 Minutes A Day is a magic number for a lot of workout gurus. I agree, it’s not too little and it’s not too much it puts you in the right time frame to burn Fat. When it’s time for your walk you leave the house and look at your watch and walk for 15 minutes. Make a mental note of where you stopped, turn around and walk home. I would strongly suggest you walk every day. We need to get up, get out and move every day. After a short time you’ll miss it when you don’t.
You will adjust very quickly to what you do every day, and if you’re happy doing what you’re doing, you don’t have to step it up. If you want to improve on your fitness, then you need to push it…just a little. Try walking a little farther in your 15 minutes. Then try jogging, slowly for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, no need to get out of breath, just walk before you do.
Let’s start jogging. First thing is you are going to need Running Shoes. They don’t have to be expensive, but they should feel very comfortable and give you good support.
- Your next Walk / Jog day walk a little bit further than the last time.
Next time walk for two minutes, jog for two minutes.
- Slowly work your way up to a slow five minute jog, and then walk for two minutes.
- Work your way up to a slow 15 minute Jog. When you can do that without being out of breath, Jog Home.
- When you can Jog 30 minutes without being out of breath, you can do anything.
Just walking for 30 minutes a day is better than just thinking about walking 30 minutes a day… Just Do It!
WALK – JOG – RUN
If you decide never to jog a step in your life, but you continue walking on a daily basis, I think that’s an accomplishment.
Me I would like to cover as much ground as possible in the same amount of time (let’s say 30 minutes). The reason is that first it increases your fitness level, and it burns more calories. Sprinters build muscle that joggers or long distance runners don’t. The other thing is this, in an unforeseen emergency would you rather be able to walk, jog or run?
In the 50’s tv show ‘Lassie’ nobody ever said, “Lassie! Timmy fell in the well…Go WALK for HELP!”
I was a Boy Scout, I believe in Be Prepared. I may never have to run for help or have to outrun a bad guy, but I sure would like to surprise him running away. “Feet, don’t fail me now!” I’m not saying I’ll be able to run away from some young street tough, but maybe if he’s a fat, out of shape bad guy that smokes… I might stand a chance.
This Is My Workout Program
When I was a teen I was a Bodybuilder, all of my friends worked out, we wanted big muscles. In my 30’s my wife and I ran, we did races and we worked out at some serious gyms. We worked out with people whose names you would know, but I’m not dropping any names here.
In the last 30 years, my exercise schedule was on and off, hit and miss. I always walked a lot, it’s by far my favorite way to get from one place to another. For most of 2012, I was walking 3 ½ mile to work and 3 ½ back home. At work I’d walk during my breaks and during lunch, easy another 3 miles. So, I was walking about 10 miles, five days a week. It definitely helped in the 60 pounds I was able to lose in 2012.
2013 life and work got in the way. Longer hours and less opportunity to exercise. I still ate healthy, but not as strict. I managed to put on some unwanted weight. It didn’t worry me because I knew how to take it off. EZ, eat clean and make time to exercise.
I got back to it Spring 2014, I started walking, every day. I live close to a park with lots of different paths, I’d walk a little bit more every day. In a couple of weeks I was walking the path around the whole park, which is about 3 miles. From my house, around the park and back took me about an hour. I don’t like to jog when I’m over 200 pounds, I feel it’s too much stress on my knees. Under 200 and I start jogging, real slow. I would jog for a minute and walk for five or until I caught my breath. I never pushed it, I walked when I needed to. Walk… Jog, walk…
I’d build from jogging a minute, to jogging for 2 minutes than 3 minutes. Then I would jog ¼ mile and then walk ¼ mile, on and off. When I couldn’t jog anymore I’d walk the rest of the park. Most recently I would walk to the park and then jog for as long as I can and then stop, turn around and walk home. I’m up to ¾ of a mile, with the goal of 1 mile. After that it’s jogging for time, 30 minutes. When I can jog for 30 minutes than the next object is to increase my speed, and cover more ground in the same 30 minutes.
My Ultimate Goal, would be to leave my house, run around the whole inside of the park and then home in 30 minutes. To do it in that time I’ll be Running not Jogging.
All the best, thanks for stopping by, see you soon.