As long as we are on the topic of walking, let’s go a step further and embellish. We all agree walking is a great form of exercise, but we can “step it up,” in lots of ways, making our walk, much more of a walk. Always start walking at a leisurely pace for just a couple of minutes to get your body warmed up and then mix things up. I like to do intervals, walking fast for about 45 seconds and then slowing it back down for the same 45 seconds. Those numbers can be altered to suit your needs. Aim for at least 8 cycles. Also vary the total time walking. Maybe some days you have an hour to walk, and others, you only have 20 minutes. I would opt for a fast walk on those 20 minute days, and maybe adding lunges or jump squats on the days you have more time. The options are unlimited!
My overall feeling about the New Yorkers is way beyond the fact that they walk. It’s more about walking being a way of life. They walk almost daily, they walk a good amount and they walk with purpose (rushing for a train, to get to work on time, to make the most of their lunch hour, etc.) My big take away is that while some of us may absolutely love our boot camp and Cross Fit sessions, and that is great, all we may really need to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy cardio-vascular system is our own two feet. One after the other. No excuses.
And speaking of no excuses, tonight is BL Season (of no excuses) finale. Who will stand beneath the confetti tonight? Will it be one of the sister brother team, Jeremy or Condo, or will it be the ex-wrestler, Kim? I can’t imagine Kim had enough weight left to lose, in order to win, but it wouldn’t be the first time someone has to gain weight after the finale. Tune in tonight at 8 on NBC and we’ll talk about it tomorrow.
I am off for a walk with the bigredguy. He is another example of the power of a daily walk. Turning 11 this month, which is considered pretty old for a dog of his size (over 100 pounds) he is still the picture of great health. And what a physique!