Fitness Even at 40

If your time is limited, instead of trying to fit in three or four, 30 minute workouts a week, try shorter, but more frequent walks. For example, take a ten minute walk around your block in the morning. Take a ten minute walk around the block or a park near your office at lunch. Then, take “Fido” for a 10 minute walk in the evening after dinner. This still gives you a 30 minute workout program in the same day, but in a shorter time spans.

Walking is good for the whole body and, is especially good, for our heart. Remember our heart is a muscle. Being active will keep it in good shape. Walking increases the flow of blood to the heart. The faster the blood flows; the more the heart muscle works and the stronger it will become. Also, more blood flow reduces the potential for blood clots. This in turn reduces the risk of stroke. It also will reduce one’s blood pressure which is a terrific added bonus.

To aid in the control of weight gain, take a walk. As we get older, our metabolism slows. This makes it more difficult to burn off the calories we consume. Thus, often times, gaining weight as we age. Even if we do not eat any more than we did when we were younger, lower metabolism will hold those calories in our body. Walking will help us burn those calories and increase metabolism.

The bottom line is walking can help you stay fit, control weight and boost your metabolism. If you are not in a position to walk outdoors, consider a treadmill. Be sure to look for customer reviews before you make your final selection.

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