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I don't have time to walk.
you're really saying is "I haven't made time to walk, because walking
is not a priority for me." We can give you countless reasons to
walk, but no one else can MAKE you walk. It's up to you to make
walking a priority.
Think about it this way: Do you place a high priority on yourself
and your well-being? It never hurts to remind yourself of the health
benefits you gain by walking regularly. Although you may not notice
these long-term benefits right away, you will notice this: You'll
have more energy. You'll sleep better. You'll be fitter. And you'll
be happier. If all of those things are important to you, then walking
should be, too.
Even on the days you really can't seem to set aside a half hour
for a walk, you CAN walk. Find shorter segments of time where walking
naturally fits into your schedule. If you're used to driving everywhere,
this may take a little rethinking. But just sit down, take a quick
look at your calendar, and check off the places where you could
walk instead of driving. If you have a short errand to do, a meeting
to attend, or a child to pick up, walk. If you're headed to see
a movie, to worship, to a game, walk. Although it may take a few
minutes longer than normal, remind yourself of your efficient use
of time: you're actually accomplishing several things at once.
Still racking your brain for a way to make time? Try taking this
to customize your walking workout schedule.
Walking is painful for me.
If you are out of shape or recovering from an injury or illness, walking
might hurtat first. But if you don't try walking for short durations
and building up slowly, then it's not going to stop hurting.
When you think about it, the damage you're doing to your body by not
staying active will hurt you far more in the long run than the discomfort
you're experiencing now. If you don't walk or engage in intensive
physical activity on a regular basis, you're making yourself a top
candidatefor cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity,
diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even some forms
Walking is one of the easiest physical activities to do. And it
will get even easier, if you stick to it. Start by walking ten minutes
a day and build up slowly as you get more comfortable. Never add
more than 10-20% more time or distance to your walk in a week's
time, but do keep a walking
diary to help motivate you to add more time and ground to your
daily walk. You should always check with your personal physician
before beginning any new exercise program.
don't even know where to start
Open our printable walking diary and use it to record your progress.