Walking Away Those Winter Blues
Winters almost over, spring has sprung and lo and behold you jump on the scale and get the shock! You’ve put on 10 pounds or more over winter and through the holidays. Fear not there is a solution to this problem without joining a gym or going wild on some new diet plan. It’s actually quite simple and the results pay off in just a few short weeks. Before you know it you’ll be back in your summer clothes from the previous year so don’t go throwing everything out of your closet just yet.
An average person walking at a fast pace can walk about 3-4 miles an hour if they are in good health and barring any physical limitations. If you set aside 1 hour a day 3-4 times a week you’ll be absolutely amazed how quickly the results pay off. This doesn’t have to be painful or over the top, all that is necessary is the desire to shed those extra winter pounds that hang on after winter has gone. Of course if you do it everyday the payoff will be much sooner but some people don’t have that kind of time.
The first thing to do is set up a few different walk paths that take 1 hour to go from point A to point B. This could be from your house around a few city blocks or you could go to a green belt. It could be just about anywhere. For women especially, you don’t want to follow the same path everyday and you should mix it up so that you are walking different paths on different days so that a stranger can’t know your walking schedule. This is just a common sense safety precaution. Make sure to carry mace or pepper spray and a cell phone at all times and always, ALWAYS be aware of what is going on around you and who is around you. Try to find a walking buddy or take your dog with you. And walk at the fastest pace you can handle comfortably, this is the key to making this work.
Secondly try to find a walking path that has a variety of terrains such as small upgrades so that you’re pushing your heart rate a little higher than if you were just walking on a flat surface. Also try to find a walking path that has a variety of nice visual scenery. If you find you are walking and are getting bored by seeing the same things over and over again change your walking path. Remember this is your walking plan and it doesn’t have to be set in stone. You’ll probably find that it is easier to walk in places that don’t have a lot of car traffic, firstly it can be unnerving and secondly it’s more safe.
Walking is a great way to have some time to yourself, away from the kids, the office, the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It allows you time to think and go through the process of just being one with yourself. In the long run I think you’ll be amazed at the results. Don’t get discouraged if the weather is bad or you couldn’t get out as much as you wanted, the point is to just stick with it. In the end walking away the winter blues will payoff in more ways than one.