Have you been spending a bit too much time on the sofa lately? Are you guilty of having a bag of chips in one hand and the remote in the other? It’s an easy rut to fall into but it comes with serious side effects. High blood pressure, lethargy, lack of motivation, onset diabetes and weight gain can all be attributed to a sedentary lifestyle. It’s actually just as easy to get out of the rut and ramp up your physical activity levels. It’s totally understandable to be intimidated by the near constant blare from every major media outlet on the latest rigorous exercise routines, extreme diets and dire health warnings. Experts recommend a get back to basics approach. Follow these basics guidelines for ramping up your waking regime and you’ll soon say good bye to the sofa, chips and remote! There’s no better time than today to get started.
Take this opportunity to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of quality athletic shoes from the huge selection available from Famous Footwear. Commit to taking a brisk walk every day for at least thirty minutes. Don’t concentrate on speed or distance. The initial goal is to develop a habit and succeed at walking for a thirty minute duration. While this may seem strenuous at first, within a short week, you’ll begin to feel the side effects. Increased stamina, strengthening of muscles and an increase in motivation are all byproducts of consistently walking at a brisk pace. After the first week, begin to introduce speed spurts into your walks. Using an activity tracker, set three minute timer to ring every five minutes beginning after five minutes of warm up. When the alarm rings, ramp up your pace to a very brisk walk. Maintain this speed until the alarm goes off and resume your brisk pace. The purpose of these speed spurts is to increase your heart rate and ramp up your metabolism. You’ll begin to gain overall speed and certainly increase your distance. Keep this up for three weeks at which point you can increase the duration of the spurts to five minutes every two minutes. Best of luck to you!