Ways to Add Variety to Your Walks
We all know that walking is the easiest and cheapest form of exercise. Unless, of course, you have to drive a long distance to your special walking spot.
There are two ways to walk—indoors and outdoors. I think walking outdoors is the best, but when the weather prohibits, there are many options.
If you are walking indoors, you have several ways to spice up your walk.
You can walk to a DVD. There are several out there to try. We use Leslie Sansone DVD’s for our indoor walking. You can walk for a mile or as many miles as you want. She adds some low impact aerobics on some of her DVD’s to make it interesting. There are other walking style DVD’s as well. Look at Collage Video for snippets of different DVD’s.
Many gyms have walking tracks. If you like to walk where there are plenty of people, then that’s an option.
Most indoor walking is on a treadmill. If you aren’t used to walking on the treadmill, it takes some time to get a feel for it. Ideally, you don’t want to hold on but until you are totally comfortable with walking on it then hold on. Some treadmills have heart rate handles to hold onto for checking you heart rate.
Once you get your treadmill feet steady, you can try varying the speed. See how fast you can walk without having to run. The treadmill shows your speed and time so you can check you progress.
Try changing the incline amount. Start small and work your way up. At higher incline levels, you may have to hold on until you get the hang of it. Many treadmills have programs that vary the speed and the incline. You can try some of these. There may even be a program that varies with your heart rate. If your heart rate isn’t high enough, it will increase the incline or the speed in order to get your heart rate up into the range set for your age.
You can also change your speed and incline manually to make up new programs fit to your liking. Once you are a treadmill pro, you can try light jogging or speed walking.
If you really want a different workout, try walking backwards on the treadmill. As always, be careful and keep your emergency shut off attached to you at all times.
Enjoy the walk.