Why Start a Walking Routine?
For anyone that wants to get back into shape a walking routine is a great way to start, why? Mainly because it is easy to do, requires no special equipment, is easy on your joints and is super effective. Let’s take a closer look.
The biggest issue with any type of exercise routine is that it is often difficult to perform some of the movements. You may not be able to lift your leg up high enough, or climb stairs for any length of time. If you push yourself you end up feeling sore and then get put off from trying the routine again.
Walking is the perfect solution to getting your joints moving, it also helps improve your cardiovascular system. Plus it lowers your risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke and decreases your chances of getting diabetes.
Walking is a good choice for anyone who is dealing with health conditions such as arthritis. Moving regularly can help improve your arthritis and walking is not hard on your joints.
For anyone who wants to lose weight there really is no better way than to start walking. Walking can really help you burn a ton of calories. It is much easier for a person to walk for a longer period of time than to do another exercise, such as jogging, for the same time length.
To start a new walking routine the only thing you need is a good pair of walking shoes. If you are just walking for a few minutes a day you should be okay with your older shoes. Just be sure not to wait too long until you purchase a good pair of walking shoes. Get your shoes measured and fitted by a professional, this way you can prevent any foot injuries as you walk.
Remember too when going for a walk that you have to get home again. So if you are planning on a 30 minute walk, walk away from home for 15 minutes and then turn around and head home. As your fitness level increases you can extend your walk.
It has been shown that walking up even a small hill can help increase your stamina and it burns more calories. If you walk up a hill with a 15% incline you will actually burn 67% more calories. So try adding a short hill or slope when possible. This is also a great choice for people who can’t run, just starting hill walking in order to burn more calories and increase your fitness level.
As you can see you don’t really need any expensive equipment to take up walking. You can easily start walking around the block in your neighbourhood at first. Maybe you have a park, lake or walking trails nearby.
No matter if you want to walk to lose weight, improve your arthritis, get fit or just to enjoy the outdoors walking is the best overall exercise for your health.
Spring into Walking:
Do you know that numerous people decide to take up walking each and every spring? The sad part is that many people don’t continue with this healthy habit. So what can you do this spring to ensure that you continue walking through all the seasons?
The best way to start a new walking routine is to plan for it. Work out the best time of day to walk including for how long. If you aren’t accustomed to walking or exercising start small and work up. The worst thing you can do is to walk for 2 hours your first time out. You will end up sore and you probably won’t be motivated to go for another walk!
Spring is the perfect time for walking for a few reasons. If you have just survived a winter you are just itching to get outside and enjoy the warmer air. Spring weather is another bonus, the air is full of fragrances, birds are coming out of their winter habitats and the temperature is pleasant for walking, it is not too hot and humid yet.
Walking during the summer heat is one of the main reasons that people give up. The sun is just too powerful and humid air can make it difficult to breathe. To combat this you want to plan your walks around the heat and avoid the hottest times of the day. Plan to walk during the early morning or as the sun is setting.
If you have been cooped up all winter it makes perfect sense to get outside as soon as the weather permits. By spring hopefully all of the snow has melted in your area. This makes it easier to walk, the pathways are much drier and you don’t have to worry about falling on ice.
Of course the lure of spring should be enough to make you want to walk. Don’t you want to enjoy the buds on the trees, the birds chirping and flowers starting to emerge from the dark ground?
As you start walking in spring make an effort to walk every day if possible, if not then at least 3 times a week. Then continue with this. If you walk regularly for at least 3 weeks, walking will become a habit, which you don’t want to break.
As the weather gets warmer dress accordingly, take along a jacket that can be removed if you get too hot. Take lots of water with you so that you stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.
When the temperatures are really hot aim to walk early in the morning, even if this means getting up a little earlier. Why not get up with the sunrise and find a place where you can watch it rise each morning.
Walking is a fantastic way to explore your neighbourhood, meet new people, enjoy the fresh air all while reaping the health benefits. So why not spring into walking this spring and continue all year long?
10,000 Steps a Day:
For anyone who is trying to get in shape by walking it is recommended that you aim to walk 10,000 steps a day. While this sounds like a large amount, if you break it down into smaller chunks, it really isn’t. The easiest way to track your steps is by using a pedometer. There are many types available which can clip onto your belt or the waist of your pants.
Using a pedometer to count your steps can be really motivating. The good part is no-one even has to know that you are wearing it! Quite often even a little motivation can produce huge results. If you are lacking in this area why not invest in one today?
Why do doctors recommend walking 10,000 steps per day? The American Heart Association actually suggests this as the optimum number to help decrease your risks associated with heart attacks.
Walking 10,000 steps is approximately the same as walking 5 miles. Most people do not walk anywhere near this number at all. If you have a sedentary job you may be lucky to walk 2 or 3 miles each day.
The benefits of walking 10,000 steps per day include:
* Lowering your cholesterol levels
* Lowering your BMI
* Decreasing your waist size
* Increasing your energy levels
* Reducing your risk for Diabetes
* Keeps you mobile and active
Let’s look at how you can get the recommended number of steps in each day. Remember to clip on your pedometer as soon as you get out of bed and wear it until you go to bed at night.
Be aware of the fact that you need to get in 10,000 steps, this way you will be more determined to reach your goal. Now, if you haven’t exercised in a long time work up to this number gradually. A good goal for beginners would be 5,000.
Make an effort to get up at least once an hour during the day and walk around. Park a little further back in the parking lot at work so you can get in more steps walking into work. If you take the bus, catch an earlier one and get off one stop early.
If possible take the stairs to your office and not the elevator. Walk during your lunch break, even if it is just for 10 minutes, every little bit helps.
When you arrive home at night, walk up and down your stairs a few extra times. Try to walk to your mail box, instead of stopping on your way home in the car. If you have a dog, offer to be the dog walker. Get up and walk in place during the commercials.
It is not that you have to go out and spend an hour walking. Not everyone has that much time to spare. But, if you consciously make an effort to walk more often during the day, you will be surprised at how those steps add up.
Don’t worry if you don’t reach 10,000 steps right away, any extra moving is going to be beneficial. What counts is that you make every effort to slowly increase the number of steps you walk each day.
Pedometers are a small tool that can help you improve your health substantially. There are many types of pedometers available from those that are simple and cost around $10 to more fancier versions that are closer to the $100 mark. So which type should you choose?
A basic pedometer will count your steps on a daily basis, they normally calculate the number of calories you have burned as well. More advanced pedometers can be synched to your Smartphone, mobile device and to your home computer.
Before purchasing a pedometer you want to decide what functions you want yours to have. Are you going to be happy with a basic model, or do you want one that is connected to your iPhone?
Let’s take a look at some of the best selling pedometers today.
The Fitbit is a top pedometer and can be synched with to your computers and to your iPhone or iPad. It will count your steps daily and automatically resets at midnight. It will also count your calories burned, distance walked, stairs climbed and it can track how many hours of sleep you get each night.
The Fitbit can be worn on your pants, waistband, bra, pocket or shirt pocket. It will sync to your devices every 15 to 40 minutes, but you do need to be within 20 feet of the USB Dongle. If you are out during the day all your stats will be updated quickly once you get home.
One of the reasons why the Fitbit is so popular is that it comes with a variety of encouragement type tools. You will be awarded badges as you reach certain milestones. It also has progress tools and comes with a clock and an alarm.
Omron pedometers come in many different varieties and are another best seller. It will count all your steps, when worn on your hip, along with calories and fat grams burned. It can store up to 7 days of information in its memory. Plus it automatically resets at midnight so it is ready for you as soon as you get up in the morning.
Ozeri is a German brand of pedometer that works extremely well. It can be worn on your hips or carried in your purse and it will still track your steps. It has a 3D Tri-Axis Bosch Sensor with a X,Y,Z vector detection, which means it is super accurate regardless of your body position.
Many top performance athletes use this thin and lightweight pedometer. It will record your steps, distance, calories and fat burned and the amount of time you spend exercising each day.
A nice feature is that this pedometer can count up to 1 million steps and has a 7 Day Memory. It also comes with a built in clock and sports timer.
These are just three of the top selling pedometers that are available and new ones are always being added. A pedometer is an inexpensive way to track your daily walking and it is a great motivator!
You, Your Dog and Walking:
Walking is one of the most popular activities out there, but did you know that many people actually buy a dog so they will have to walk more? While this sounds like a great idea, it depends on where you live.
Research has shown that if you live in the country you are less likely to take your dog for a walk, they may have the freedom of running off leash more often. For people who live in the city owning a dog does get them outside more often. So before you run off a buy a dog as a walking tool, decide if you are prepared for all the other responsibilities a dog brings.
It is absolutely more fun to walk with a dog than just walking alone. Dog owners normally feel safer walking than non dog owners. Plus of course walking is fantastic for both you and your dog.
Being a dog owner and walking your dog are two different aspects. If you work all day you can easily put your dog into Doggy Daycare. This would mean that they get lots of exercise during the day, relieving you of your nightly dog walk! You will still need to dig up the motivation to walk on a regular basis.
Walking with your dog has lots of benefits. Of course is the actual health aspect but this time also allows you to create a bond with your dog. If you have a puppy then walking them allows them to get socialized.
Another benefit of owning a dog, especially for singles, is that they are a magnet for other dog lovers. You will be surprised at how many people come up to you when out with your dog. Your dog provides a great conversation starter and you never know where this might lead!
Both you and your dog require daily exercise so you need to set up and stick with a good walking routine. Depending upon the age of your dog, you don’t have to go out for hours. A solid 20 or 30 minute walk once or twice a day is sufficient.
When walking your dog always take along your baggies and clean up after your pet. Also look for any dog parks or beaches in your area. This is a great way to meet others, two and four legged, and provides you with a safe environment to let your dog run and socialize.
When going for long walks always take or pack extra water and a pet bowl for your dog. They can easily get dehydrated too, and taking along a snack offers a nice reward after a good walk.
So if you are thinking about getting a dog so you will walk more often, keep in mind that this could be 10 year or longer commitment. Take the time to seriously consider getting a dog for this purpose before taking action. Your local pet shelter probably has some amazing dogs just waiting for a happy home that includes lots of walks.
How To Structure Your Walking Program:
You’re wanting to walk to improve your health, but you are unsure on how much walking you need to do to be in the shape and fitness you want to be in. It can be quite confusing to know how to set up the type of walking program you need to perform regularly, in order to be in the type of shape you want to be in. The information below will look into what you need to consider in order to gain the benefits you want to gain from your walking program.
You need to consider the three main variables to any walking program you can modify:
Frequency is the number of times you work out per week. Of course, the more often you work out, the more calories you will burn because you are doing the activity (i.e. walking as an exercise routine) more often per week.
Therefore, you should consider what benefits you want to gain from your walking workouts and how quickly you want to achieve them. This will help you determine how often you should be doing walking workouts each week.
If you are just wanting the benefits of lower cholesterol, protection from heart disease, and increased energy levels. Walking fewer times per week can help you achieve these goals.
However, if you are wanting to lose weight via walking, you must be willing to do it more often, because you have to burn off the food you are eating. You have to burn off the food you eat each day and additional calories to achieve weight loss. Only doing walking workouts occasionally will not achieve this more difficult goal.
What will also play a role in how you structure your walking workouts is the intensity at which you walk. Intensity refers to how hard you are working while you are walking. To know how hard you are really working while walking, there are three tests:
⦁ Heart rate
⦁ RPE scale
⦁ Talk test
Your heart rate is the most precise rate in order to measure the intensity of your walks. You want to achieve a specific target heart-rate zone, depending upon what type of walking you are doing. To determine your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220.
If you’re lifestyle walking, you want to hit a target heart-rate zone between 50 to 60 percent of your maximum heart rate. For fitness walking, you want to hit a target heart-rate zone between 60 to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate. Then if you’re high-energy walking, you want to hit a target heart-rate zone between 75 to 95 percent of your maximum heart rate.
Your RPE, or rating of perceived exertion, will give you an overall sense of how hard you’re working. It is scored on a scale of 1 to 10. A rating of 1 is considered to be really easy, while a rating of 10 is considered to be the most difficult or extreme possible. Lifestyle walking should be between a 4 to 6, fitness walking should be 6 to 8, and high-energy walking should be between 8 to 9.5.
The talk test involves talking while you’re walking. If you’re doing a lifestyle walk, you should be able to do a slightly breathy conversation. A fitness walk should only allow you to offer brief moments of breathless conversion. A high-energy walking workout should not really allow you to speak at all, outside of maybe a breathless word or two here and there.
The third main factor you can adjust in your walking workout is the time you spend walking. This factor will be influenced by many things:
Frequency – Do you wish to do all of your weekly walking in one long workout or broken up into shorter segments?
Intensity – The harder you work, the less time you will be able to endure the exercise, and vice versa.
Schedule – How busy are you to put in the time?
Fitness Level – Your current fitness level will determine how long you will be able to endure doing the exercise.
Goals – Are you just walking for your health, or are you planning to walk (or even run) a marathon?
By considering the three main factors of frequency, intensity, and time, you will be able to mold your walking workouts accordingly in order to gain the benefits you want to gain. Some of these factors will be determined by your goals, how much time you have to put in, and how hard you want to work during each workout. By carefully evaluating your lifestyle, your schedule, and your goals, you can tailor the perfect walking workout for you to achieve the goals you want to achieve.
Starting Your Own Walking Group
You really want to get into walking because you’ve heard and read that walking can be great for your health, as well as a great way to get into and stay in shape. However, you really don’t want to walk alone for varying reasons. This includes those that range from safety reasons to just wanting to have someone to talk and walk with while doing your workout. Walking with another person will help to encourage you to keep walking for the long term. If you can’t join a walking club for one reason or another, starting your own walking group may be a great option for you.
You may have checked out your local area to see if there were any walking clubs, but you may have either found none or none that suited you. If those clubs don’t walk often enough or don’t do enough of the activities you want at the times you wish to do them, you may wish to consider starting your own club to walk regularly.
Starting your own club will be much more successful and enduring if you determine what niche you can fill with your club. For instance, there may be local clubs in your area that only walk once a week and just take a stroll around the block. You may want something more challenging, and others may want something more challenging too.
Therefore, you may want to consider forming a club that walks two to three times per week, and walks from your neighborhood to the local shopping center that is a few streets over and back again. You could even consider adding a few shopping trips as part of your weekly walks (after all, you’ll be walking in the stores too).
You need to determine whether you want your club to be a sub-committee or offshoot of another non-profit organization or to be a brand new club. If it’s the former, you will not need separate incorporation and bank accounts to legally exist. However, if it’s a brand new club, and you wish to engage in group purchases and have your own club bank account, you will want to consider incorporating the club and getting your own Tax ID number.
You will want to recruit members for your new club. Ask your current walking friends if they wish to join your new club. You should start asking around to see who wants to become officers of the club and committee chairpersons – this will help to give your new club shape.
Once you have established your club’s “board,” you want to grow your membership by advertising in places where many walkers frequent. This can include athletic shoe stores, schools, local parks, health clubs, senior centers, medical centers, and churches.
Put up flyers in these locations; ensure that they have contact information for the members of the board, as well as a website address (whether it’s a full-blown website, a blog on Blogger or WordPress, etc.). When you are walking with your club, be sure to have business cards on hand that advertise your club and provide the relevant information so that you can pass out these cards to people you meet and to those who have questions about your club and show interest in joining it.
As you can see, you have some research to do before you decide whether to create your own walking group or not. You have to decide if you want it to be part of a larger organization or a brand new club. You have to recruit people to become board members. You have to determine what qualities make up your club (such as how often you will walk, what makes your club different from other local clubs in the area, etc.). You also have to recruit new members and advertise to grow your membership. By taking these factors into account, you can layout the groundwork that will be necessary to form a walking club that will be fun and that will last long into the future.
If you want to gain the health benefits of walking, but are dismayed because you live in a climate that is too hot or too cold for your liking, don’t fret, as you can always do indoor walking. Indoor walking is just like it sounds – walking indoors. There are several ways to walk indoors, some of which we will look at it below.
One good way to enjoy indoor walking is via a treadmill. Treadmills are usually the preferred choice for walkers who wish to do indoor walking because of weather, humidity, or some other reason (such as wanting to watch a favorite program on television at the same time).
It’s easy to begin walking on a treadmill; you just turn it on, hop aboard, and begin walking (or jogging if you really feel ambitious). There are usually handrails on most treadmills; while you can hold onto those, you will get a better workout and more health benefits if you choose to not hold onto the handrails while on the treadmill. After all, you don’t hold onto handrails while you are walking outdoors, right?
One of the best ways to utilize your treadmill is to work on your walking posture while on it. You should work on the heel strike of your gait, rolling through each step. This is a great way to improve your gait, as you can control the speed of the treadmill, plus you don’t have to worry about sidewalk cracks, other people, or any other obstacles. Just focus on improving your gait.
One of the major disadvantages of walking on a treadmill is that it can become pretty boring pretty quickly, as you just walk on it. Fortunately, there are ways to improve upon the boredom factor. Positioning the treadmill in front of the television is one way; another way is to have your MP3 or CD player handy to play some music. You could also use your Smartphone to play music or even a movie or television show, thus removing much of the boredom involved in walking on a treadmill constantly.
Walking on indoor tracks is another option for indoor walking. Some health facilities and gyms offer such tracks for walkers to use for their workouts. Again, you can work on improving your gait without having to worry about sidewalk cracks, other pedestrians, and weather conditions using an indoor track.
However, just as with treadmills, the routine can become monotonous quickly, which is why having an MP3 player, portable CD player, or Smartphone handy can make your walking workouts much more enjoyable on an indoor track.
You can walk the halls and stairs in your home, office, or school as an alternative option. Instead of taking the elevator in your office or school, take the stairs to gain the health benefits of walking up and down an incline. This is especially a good option when you need to traverse between one to three levels of floors, as doing more may slow you down from your work or school duties.
As you can see, there are plenty of indoor walking options for you to consider when you can’t readily walk outside due to weather, unsafe conditions, or a busy schedule. Indoor walking can be convenient, but also monotonous after a short period of time, which is why an MP3 player, portable CD player, or Smartphone can become a great companion during your indoor walking workouts.
By considering the advantages and shortfalls of indoor walking workouts, you can work them into your exercise routines and gain the healthful benefits without boring yourself and losing your drive to continue walking regularly.
You want to take up walking to enjoy the health benefits you can gain from it. However, you live in a cold-weather climate, with cold, harsh winters that include a lot of snow. Walking outside in these weather conditions can be treacherous, especially when the sidewalks haven’t been shoveled. Does this mean you have to give up walking for the winter? No, not if you take up mall walking.
“What is mall walking?” you ask. Mall walking is just as it sounds, walking through the mall. Many malls open early just for walkers, as they can walk through the mall with minimal traffic from those who are primarily there to shop.
In addition, there are several advantages to doing mall walking. You’re out of the weather and in a nice, climate-controlled atmosphere. As a result, you can dress comfortably and not have to worry about snow and cold, or even rain and heat. Essentially, it’s the ideal conditions for a walking workout. Plus, you don’t have to worry about traffic at intersections, fumes from auto exhausts, bushes, broken glass, and other hazards you may find outside.
In addition, you’ll feel more secure, as there are other people around, including mall security. You don’t necessarily have to walk with friends when you are mall walking (though you can still do that too). Additionally, you’ll have access to bathrooms and water fountains in the event of nature calls or if you get thirsty.
Many malls will also provide other advantages for walkers. These include discounts, health check-ups, walking clubs, and mileage rewards. A walking club or program is usually sponsored by a local medical center, and it’s usually free to join.
You can often find more information about such a club at a mall information kiosk. You’ll usually receive a visor, t-shirt, or pin to identify yourself when you join such a club. Besides identifying yourself, it will often make you eligible for discounts from specific merchants, rewards for the miles you have walked, and product giveaways. You’re also bound to make new friends amongst other mall walkers as well, since you will likely see them often and even walk together with them at the mall.
However, there are some disadvantages to mall walking you should be aware of. The walks will likely become monotonous over time, as you’ll be passing through the same areas after a brief period, since the mall is only so large and only has so many paths. In addition, mall walking doesn’t lend itself to much challenge, as you can only walk so fast at a mall, especially when it becomes busier with other walkers and shoppers. Therefore, if you are planning to build up your endurance and increase your speed, mall walking is probably not for you.
Mall walking can be beneficial for those who live in extreme cold or hot weather climates and want a more controlled atmosphere. Additionally, it is for those who can’t easily join groups and want more security than walking outside alone.
However, for those who want more scenic routes and a greater challenge when it comes to the pace of walking, mall walking isn’t the best choice. By considering what you want from your walking workouts, you can consider whether adding mall walking to your walking workouts would be best for you or not.
So you want to enjoy the health benefits of walking, but would also like to burn more fat if possible, who doesn’t. Fortunately, there is a great way to increase the amount of fat you burn by walking, specifically, by power walking.
“What is power walking?” you ask. Power walking (also known as “speed walking”) is walking at a faster, more athletic pace. It takes a little bit of practice to be able to walk effectively at a faster pace, but the health benefits make this practice worth it. Additionally, if you carry a large amount of weight, power walking actually puts less strain on your joints than jogging because you hit the ground with less than half of the force. Thus, it’s actually safer to power walk for those who are overweight than it is to jog.
To do successful power walking, you need some good walking shoes, as this is a moderate-impact aerobic activity. When the shoe bends, it should yield easily at the ball of the foot. You should make sure that there is some space between your toe and the end of the shoe. You do not want your shoes too tight or too stiff, as you’ll be feeling achy joints and tingling toes not long into your workout.
You have to practice improving your pace to successfully power walk. To burn the most calories possible during a power walk, aim to walk at about a 4.5-mile per hour pace.
Fitness scientists at Washington University in St. Louis determined that you can burn almost as many calories by power walking at this pace as you can by jogging at this same speed. A 140-pound woman was able to burn 201 calories per 30 minutes power walking at this speed, while burning 223 calories per 30 minutes by jogging at this speed.
Note that if you haven’t been walking regularly, it will be hard to hit 4.5 miles per hour, as this is a fast walk. Thus, you need to work your way up to it, both to endure such a pace, plus to minimize the chance of injury from doing it. Start at a slower pace of speed, but utilize the same power walking form, (swinging your arms while walking) in order to gain calorie-burning power from doing a power walk at a slower speed.
Determine your current pace by walking your local high school running track (usually one-quarter of a mile) or measure a mile and then walk it. If you complete the mile in 20 minutes, that’s equivalent to a 3-mile-per-hour gait; doing it in 15 minutes results in a 4-mile-per-hour gait, while doing it in 13 minutes results in a 4.5-mile-per-hour gait. No matter what your speed, continue walking regularly; over time, your gait will start to pick up, and you’ll be able to pick up your pace to where you can achieve that 4.5-mile-per-hour gait (or even faster).
As you can see, power walking can be a great way to gain the health benefits from walking. While also boosting the fat-burning power you can gain from walking. In fact, the fat-burning power is nearly equivalent to that of jogging, while power walking is easier on your joints. It takes time to reach the optimal 4.5-mile-per-hour gait that nearly equates the fat-burning power of power walking with jogging. With the proper time and effort at a slower pace, you can achieve that fast gait and gain all of the health benefits and fat-burning power from power walking.
Three Of The Most Scenic U.S. Walking Routes
You are walking for the benefits of your health. You enjoy doing it regularly because of the benefits you gain, but you find the areas you constantly walk in to be a little boring and repetitive. One of the reasons why people give up working out is because of the same routine over and over again. Fortunately, with walking, you can change it around by walking in some new areas. Below are three of the most scenic U.S. walking routes for you to consider visiting and walking in.
One of the most scenic places in the United States to walk in is The Great Smoky Mountains. These mountains are considered to be the ancestral homeland of the Cherokee Indians. These mountains were named the “Great Smoky Mountains” by the Cherokee because of the wisps of blue-gray smoke that often cover the highest peaks of these mountains. These mountains are the southern climax of the Appalachian Mountains. This area was designated as a national park in 1934 and spans 500,000 acres, making it the largest wilderness area in the Eastern United States. There are over 130 tree species, 1,500 varieties of flowering plants, and 200 types of birds to add more variety to your walks.
Another scenic route in the U.S. is The Oregon Trail, which extends from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon. It was the way west for approximately 300,000 emigrants from 1841 until the 1860s. Today, the trail is 2,170 miles long, including 125 historic sites, making for a very scenic walk for your workout. You’ll see the base of volcanic Mount Hood, right along the Columbia River. Additionally, you’ll see waterfalls, meadows full of wildflowers, and spectacular mountain views. Like the Smoky Mountains, the Oregon Trail is also rich in Native American history, as the Native Americans have had civilizations in this area for thousands of years.
A third area to check out for a scenic route during your walking workouts is the Pacific Coast Trail. This trail goes for 2,650 miles through three states, seven national parks, twenty-four national forests, and has over 1,000 lakes on the path. There are also nineteen major canyons and over sixty major mountain passes to give your workout an added challenge. In addition, you’ll encounter six of the seven ecozones that exist in North America, everything from the arctic-alpine zone to the desert, on this path between Mexico and Canada. You’ll have access to cities such as Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego as well. This means that there are places to eat and lodge if you choose not to rough it in the wilderness.
As you can see, you have many scenic areas to explore in the United States to give your walking workouts more variety in terms of the scenery. Changing up your routes and adding some different scenery and level of difficulty will keep you motivated. It will help to provide your workouts with added benefits that can improve your health and fitness even more. By considering the trails mentioned above and other scenic routes, you can be sure to stay motivated and challenged so that you gain the most from your walking workouts.
New Balance Walking Shoes for Men and Women:
The best way to start of any new walking routine is on the right foot and this means purchasing a good pair of walking shoes. Wearing the correct size and type of shoe will make a huge difference in your walk. Your legs and back will not ache and your feet will be comfortable.
A good brand of walking shoes are those manufactured by New Balance. The New Balance Men’s MW577 Walking Shoe is a very popular model and can be purchased from the Amazon website. [Add your link here]
These New Balance walking shoes for men are made from leather with a synthetic sole. They are assemble in the USA and actually New Balance is one of the very few remaining manufacturers of shoes that are made in the USA still.
The upper portion of the shoe is slightly perforated which adds breathability so your feet don’t get sweaty. They have used their ABZORB technology in the heel for added protection from shock as you walk.
For women you should check out the New Balance Women’s WW665 Fitness Walking Shoe. This is another top selling model which is manufactured in pink and grey to help support the Lace Up for the Cure Collection to Susan G. Komen. This helps to fund cancer research and treatment and New Balance will donate 5% of the retail sales price on your purchase. What a great way to get some fantastic looking shoes and help a wonderful cause at the same time.
This women’s walking shoe has lots of mesh which allows the shoe to be breathable while still be very comfortable. The rubber soles are non marking and will provide you with additional comfort during your walks. These shoes look sporty yet feminine at the same time.
The insoles are padded and removable and these shoes also have the ABZORB technology incorporated into them.
New Balance has many different styles and colors of walking shoes available for both men and women. Take a look at the choice you have available on Amazon by visiting the following link:
Here’s a couple of comments we found from happy customers. Reading comments is a great way to be sure you are buying a good product.
This is a very comfortable shoe. Lightweight, but most importantly (for me, anyway) they are extremely breathable. The mesh is so breathable that I can feel air on my feet when I go outside.
Bought this shoe because I walk 3 miles then stand on my feet for 8 hours at work and this shoe claimed to have the support I needed. It’s good for the first couple hours, but by the end of the day my feet are sore. I switched to a sport insole and that helped. The shoe fits incredibly well, and the natural strike path for walking is really great, but for standing, I wouldn’t suggest this shoe. I love new balance brand shoes, so I will try a different type of walking shoe next time.
As you can see from these comments it is important to buy the right shoe for the correct purpose. If you are walking lots of miles then a good walking shoe is important, runners want to purchase a proper running shoe. If you are doing aerobics then a shoe for that purpose is going to be your best choice.
A good walking shoe will last you a long time and if you have a foot issue you may want to choose an insole that will add more comfort for you.