Intimidated by the idea of exercising? It’s as simple as putting
one foot in front of the other.
Walking – whether you take a brisk walk every morning with your four-legged
friend or enjoy a quiet stroll on your lunch break – is a great
and easy way to get in shape.
Walking is good for your heart, lungs, and circulatory system, can help
you control your weight, and can reduce your risk of high blood pressure,
type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. It’s also a great stress
release or pick-me-up.
St. Joseph Hoag Health, the health care partner of Angels Baseball, is proud to support healthy
communities by participating in the
Angels 5K & 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk on April 22. The first 5,000 registered runners will receive a commemorative
race shirt, finisher medal and ticket voucher good for one of the following
2017 Angels home games: April 22nd, April 27th, May 15th, May 30th or June 4th. Be sure to
Brisk walking is a good moderate-intensity activity that doesn’t
stress your joints as much as running. If you want to lose weight, commit
to walking every day and fit it into your routine. You’ll also control
the calories you take in by eating a healthy diet.
Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine if you’ve
never exercised, if you smoke or if you have heart disease or other chronic
illnesses. Stop exercising and contact your health care provider if you
experience chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting while
Follow these tips for spicing up your routine:
Raise the Bar
If you usually walk a two-mile course in 30 minutes, try to complete it
in 29 minutes next week. You can also try setting a long-term goal. If
a two-mile hike is a challenge now, how will you need to step up your
routine to walk five miles six months from now?
Walk with a Buddy
A walking partner – a colleague from work, a friend, or your spouse
– can give you that extra motivation to get out every day. If you
can't find a partner, try joining an exercise class.
Buy yourself a pedometer to track how many steps you take each day, or
a heart monitor to keep yourself in the right cardiovascular zone. Or,
use walking as an excuse to buy a portable music player so you’ll
have an upbeat tempo to walk to—just be sure to keep the volume
low enough that you can hear traffic and other sounds that could warn
you of danger.
Kick It Up a Notch
You can build up to vigorous exercise by taking on the challenge of race
walking or “power walking.” The faster you walk in a given
period of time, the more you’ll be working your heart and lungs;
you’ll also burn more calories. Walking up hills will do the same thing.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.