The key to keeping the weight off during the busy holiday season is to keep it simple. There is nothing better than an easy workout that helps you burn fat and has low impact on your joints. Walking is a great way to maintain your exercise routine while your busy with those additional shopping, entertaining and decorating commitments. It’s never too early or too late to get started.
Always Have Shoes On Hand
Keeping a pair of walking shoes in your car, at the office or at the front door at home will help to reming you that a walk is needed sometime in your day. I always have a bag packed in my car with my iPod, hat, water and shoes giving me no excuse to get that walk in.
Break The Workout Up
Break your walk up throughout the day. Finding 10-15 minutes in the morning or during lunch break for a brisk walk, can be much easier than blocking off an entire hour.
Doing two shorter walking sessions in one day will help keep your internal engines fuming during and after exercise. By splitting up my walking time during a busy day I am much more consistent with my walks, as well as more motivated to get out there and enjoy the view.
Take Advantage of the Weekend
Plan longer walks on the weekend. A 60 minute walk on a Saturday and Sunday can be the big burn to keep those extra pounds away. We know the best type of activity for your heart is moderate intensity aerobic activity and that includes walking – as long as you feel warmer, breathe harder and your heart beats faster than usual. By staying active you can help reduce blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
High Intensity Walking Can Keep the internal Flame Burning
Doing this progression during your walks can help build your stamina and burn more calories throughout the day.
Interval sets (5 times)
Keep a steady state for (3 minutes): Walk briskly, enough that your breathing is elevated, but you can still talk easily.
High-intensity (1 minute): Walk as quickly as you possibly can. At this pace your breathing should be very labored; talking is difficult.
Recovery (1 minute): Walk at a comfortable pace, and focus on catching your breath.
Follow up with a 2 minute cool down continuing to walk at a slower comfortable pace.