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Calorie-Busting Fitness Regime That Costs Nothing
Walking has far more benefits than simply getting yourself in shape.
It’s a terrific calorie-buster – roughly 100 calories for every mile – tones up unexercised muscles, helps ward off heart disease, aids mental well-being…and sheds excess weight in the process. And all while enjoying a goodly dose of fresh air, and – if you’re fortunate – some previously-unexplored countryside into the bargain.
One hour’s walking at an average of four miles per hour will burn around 300 calories, prompting the development of enzymes that break down fat in the body.
Easy on the joints, good for the bones – which begin a natural decline from as young as 30 – and a counter to age-related deterioration in ligaments and tendons, walking is a simple, enjoyable – and free – form of exercise open to the majority of us.
Heart Disease Deaths are Related to Inactivity
According to reports, 68% of people in the UK don’t take enough exercise – and 37% of coronary heart disease deaths are directly linked to inactivity.
Walking for just 30 minutes a day can produce significant benefits to your health – just three hours every week brings the same protection against heart disease as a strenuous one-and-a-half hour workout.
After just a few weeks of regular walking, the payback will become evident – you’ll feel fitter, relax more easily and even sleep sounder – those who make the effort to walk every day will have a greater quality of sleep than those who spend their spare time watching TV from the sofa.
Keeping track of your progress can encourage you to keep going and even step up the pace…and that’s where pedometers come in.
Calculate Your Steps and Count the Calories
These simple little devices will accurately calculate your steps, measure distances and count the calories you’re burning up as you go.
Ideal for walkers, joggers and trail runners, a pedometer will help you reach and maintain the recommended 10,000 steps we’re all supposed to make every day.
Various models can be worn around the neck, on the wrist, or simply slipped into your pocket or handbag; many allow you to upload your results to a website, where you can set your targets and evaluate your progress.
Simple to operate and with easy-to-read displays, a decent pedometer can cost just a few pounds – and could give you that extra boost you need to really get yourself on the right track towards a fitter and healthier you!
Nicki Williams is a copy writer for Gear-Zone, where you’ll find everything for the walking and fitness enthusiast from all the leading brands including Rab, The North Face, Adidas, Nike, Berghaus and Scarpa