Archive for April, 2013

Trainer Tip: Benefits of a Walking Program, by Chris Williams

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Chris Williams, personal trainer at Fitness Plus in Lexington, KY
There are many ways to exercise nowadays. Every time you turn on the television there is a new “foolproof plan” to get you in shape. ┬áThe problem with a lot of these plans is the difficulty level. For most people if an exercise plan gets too hard, their next move is probably going to be squatting to the couch.

This is why one of the best exercise plans for longevity is developing a walking program. Walking is a low impact exercise that can help ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Another benefit is walking is easily accessible to everyone, so your excuses are limited.

There are many health benefits from walking. Walking helps to lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) while also raising your HDL (good cholesterol). It also helps to lower your blood pressure while reducing your risk or helping to manage type 2 diabetes. Also research has shown that regular brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as vigorous exercise. A regular walking program can also help to manage your weight as well as improving your overall mood. And whose mood wouldn’t improve if you could manage your weight just by adding some walking to your daily routine.

To see these benefits all you need to do is begin a routine of brisk walking. So don’t worry if you aren’t doing the latest fitness craze, just start with the one that will lead you to better health and keep you moving forward one step at a time.