Challenge Tuesdays

 

 

  Today is Challenge Tuesdays….
Are you ready for a challenge???
Last week I challenged you to complete 30 minutes of cardio a day for the next 7 days. This weeks challenge will enhance last week’s challenge, and will hopefully help you create a regular cardio routine. Taking a walk is not labor intensive, you don’t have to change into a stylish exercise outfit, mess up your makeup, or ruin your hair, for a nice leisurely walk during lunch, after work, or first thing in the morning. Walking is a wonderful form of exercise. So today:
I officially challenge you to
Complete a 15 minute walk everyday.
  
Walking can trim your waistline and improve your health. It is a low impact exercise with numerous health benefits, that’s is accessible to pretty much everybody.

 

Benefits of Walking
  • Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
  • Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
  • Manage your weight
  • Improve your mood
  • Stay strong and fit
Research shows that regular, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, like jogging.

Personal Reflection
I love to sweat. Sweating makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something. When I sweat I know I am burning calories and/or fat. I feel like I finally have some control over something in my life. Sweat = Results in my book. So I enjoy doing anything that promotes sweating. Which is why I love exercising. Living in San Francisco, the hills are unavoidable. I like to take walks, so sometimes I’m stuck trailing up a hill trying to find my breath. I find that walking is a simple, fun, and challenging way to work up a sweat. I’m not talking about running, jogging, or even skipping, I’m talking left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot, breath, breath, breath. Walking is a wonderful form of exercise. 
The challenge is to push yourself to take at least a 15 minute walk everyday.
Good Luck!
Always listen to your body, if any exercise causes too much impact stop right away. 
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