Walking helps with weight control, mental memory, reduction in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And it doesn't require any equipment or extra money. Add hilly inclines and bursts of brisk power walking and you have an almost perfect aerobic activity.
The best exercise is the one you will do regularly. Dancing counts as does biking, gym workouts, nordic skiing, spinning, swimming and any number of sports. But many of these require equipment or going someplace or having partners. Walking can be done by just walking out the door.
If you have an activity that you do regularly at least 4 times a week, great. But be honest. Do you really really do it? If you are one of the millions of adults who find you are doing less and less (and possibly getting fatter and fatter) each year, I would like to challenge you to start walking. Brisk walking is considered a 15 minute mile. Go ahead and challenge yourself and see if you can keep up that pace. If you can't, no worries, start where you are and stick with it.
here to print a monthly calendar that you can use to schedule your work out and stick with it. It is a great way to explore your neighborhood, be out in nature and develop an activity that you can do throughout your life.