Keep Yourself Fit by Walking

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According to the U.S Surgeon General Report on physical activity and health in America, more than 50 percent of the U.S. population needs to participate regularly in any type of exercise. The journal of the American Heart Association published an updated report on physical activity and public health. Their conclusion was the same as the plea issued by the Surgeon General: "Every U.S. adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, or preferably all, days of the week."

If you are looking for a job, you can increase your chances of being hired by being in good physical condition. One remedy for getting fit and being healthier that has been strongly recommended by health experts is walking. Fortunately, many American people have recognized the benefits of walking and have engaged in this exercise. Incidentally, it has been cited as the most popular exercise in the United States. For many people, walking is the perfect exercise that fits right into this approach.

There are many advantages for getting in shape through a walking program. First, there is very little financial investment. All you need is a good quality pair of walking or running shoes. When you visit the store to purchase a pair, it is recommended you wear a comfortable pair of athletic socks. Try on several different pairs to make sure you get a good fit. Once you have taken care of that first step, you are ready to plan out a walking program.

For many people, walking first thing in the morning is the best way to make sure they get it integrated into their daily routine. You must decide what will work best for you. If you choose to do it in the evening, make sure you do it before eating your dinner. This will allow more blood flow for your legs as opposed it to going to your stomach to digest your meal.

Decide for yourself if you would like to do it by yourself or have a walking mate. I have one friend who has a walking partner. He enjoys having the companionship, and as he has told me, having a friend encourages him to stay committed and consistent to his walking program.

Having a regular place to walk is important. Weather permitting, many people will walk in their own neighborhood. Others prefer a walking trail in a local park. There are many options for you if you choose to do it indoors. Some people will take out a membership in their local YMCA or recreation center. Others opt to walk in the closest shopping mall. Choose the location that is most easy to get to and convenient. However, and wherever you decide to do your walking program, stay committed, and the health benefits will last you a lifetime.

Tom Borg is a consultant in leadership management, team building and customer service. Please see more of his blogs at and To view additional job postings go to Nexxt


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