Walking for Women
Walking For Women
for Women by Ken Smith
Walking is a low impact exercise that gives you
both cardio and toning results.
It can be done at your
own pace alone or with a partner, and gives consistent
It is a great exercise for all fitness levels, but
is especially good for someone who is new to exercise.
can start out at a moderate pace and once you build up your endurance
you can increase both your speed and distance.
It is also a
very low cost exercise. Very little equipment is needed to begin a walking routine.
The one requirement is a good pair of walking shoes.
investing in the proper shoes you can help prevent injury as well as
increase the effectiveness of your routine.
Some people opt
to buy special exercise clothes, but that is totally
You want to make sure that you are dressed
appropriately for the weather, but most people already have what they
need in their closet.
3 Important Steps
are three important steps to any walking routine; the warm up,
the stretch, and the cool down.
Warming up your muscles
allows you to get blood and oxygen properly flowing before you begin to
place added strain on them.
good way to warm up is to walk
slowly for three to five minutes.
You should wait to stretch
until after you have done your warm up.
muscles can lead to muscles tears which can be very painful.
When you begin your stretch you should begin at the top of your body
and work your way down, making sure that you stretch each muscle
Once you have completed your walking work out, then it
is time for the cool down phase.
To properly cool down,
continue to walk at a slow pace for five to ten minutes.
allows you to gradually lower the temperature of your muscles, and
prevent soreness and stiffness.
What's Your Speed?
speed at which you walk depends on your fitness level.
However, you should be able to talk to your partner, or carry on a
conversation at all times through your work out, without being out of
you are unsure if you are walking too fast, use
the “talk test”.
If you find that you can not carry on a
conversation without loosing your breath you should walk at a slower
Walking is a great exercise for women because it is low impact and
It also helps to lose weight without bulking
up your muscles. Providing cardio and toning at the same time
is also a big advantage.
Many women are very busy and find it
hard to fit in several different types of workouts in a single
While walking helps you to lose weight, it also helps to
maintain weight loss.
If you have successfully reached your goal
weight, walking can help you stay there.
become bored with your walking routine, you may want to consider
changing your walking location.
Sometimes it only takes a
change of scenery to reignite your excitement for fitness
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Lower Body Stretches
Be sure to warm up and stretch your legs and arms before your walking
for women workout with these lower body stretches.
Calories Burned During Exercise
Find out how your intensity level, duration, weight effect the calories
burned during your walking for women routine.
Take your walking to the next level by trying some interval training.
By mixing high intense aerobics, like running, with your walking
routine, you can burn lots of calories and fat.