- Category: Health |
- Published on Thursday, 06 September 2012 17:56
Walk your way to Toned thighs:
- Decide on the routes you are going to walk. You need to map out a selection of 1½, 2, 2½ and 3-mile courses. To quickly work out suitable routes, go to mapmywalk.com. Key in your proposed walk on a map of your local area and the site will calculate the distance for you.
- Alternatively, first drive or walk around your proposed route and use your car’s mileometer, or — if you’re on foot — a pedometer to measure distance. Include hills and inclines in your workout when you can for their extra fitness and toning benefits.
- Set aside at least 45 minutes (ideally an hour) every day for your Walk Off, but do remember you must include a rest day each week (I recommend Mondays). You can walk to work, pop out at lunchtime for a brisk stroll — whatever suits. Walking on a treadmill counts, too.
- Always walk in a pair of good-quality walking or running shoes that leave plenty of room for your toes.
- Walk at the pace that is right for you. If you’re already pretty fit, alternate jogging and walking to boost your routine.
- Stretch your muscles thoroughly before and after exercising.
Do it right!
- Posture is important. Keep your shoulders back and your chin held high — look straight ahead.
- Walk naturally, but faster than you typically do, allowing your arms to swing.
- This is not a casual amble around the shops, so step up your pace several notches. Lengthening your stride will tone your inner and outer thighs more efficiently.
- If your legs become stiff during your walk or you become short of breath, slow down.
- If you become dizzy, stop immediately and regain your equilibrium. If you haven’t exercised in a while, you may struggle at first, but don’t give up.
- Just take things steady until you build up enough strength and stamina to up your pace a little.