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Time to go for a Walk

For good cardio, the immediate thing that springs to mind is jogging around the block or jumping on the rowing machine for 30 minutes. Not everyone enjoys running for a variety of different reasons, including fitness itself and the strain on the back and joints.

A great alternative, not practised by enough people is in fact walking. Incorporating a walking routine into your working week could contribute towards numerous health benefits, whilst giving you a perfect chance to get out and take in some fresh air – It’s time to walk yourself fit people!

The following walking beginners guide is provided to you by the Healthy Hideout:

  • Why should I walk? – It’s a great alternative to running first and foremost. According to the Walking Organisation (UK), walking offers various aerobic benefits when walking at a constant pace of around 4mph. It’s also a lot less stressing on the back and joints. Remember it’s free too – Anyone can do it, and there’s no limit to how many people can do it together.
  • Is walking for you? – As mentioned above, walking is a low-impact,  low intensity exercise designed to help restore balance and energy. It helps to build endurance and stamina whilst giving you a chance to get out of the house.  Even a well paced 10-minute walk around the park can help to improve fitness.
  • Your heart will thank you – Walking gets the heart pumping faster which helps to strength the muscle. This helps to lower your overall blood pressure, reducing the risk of coronary disease and strokes.
  • Good for the legs – When compared with running, walking works to build all the muscles in the leg – not just the calves and thighs. As there is no “strike” motion with walking, the stress on the joints and knees is drastically reduced. With walking you may “strike” with 1 – 1.5 times your own body weight, unlike running which can be 3 – 4 times your own body weight.
  • It’s a think tank – An unbeatable combination of natural light combined with physical outdoor exercise helps to release “feel-good” chemicals into the blood stream. Whether you walk in a city park or head out to the country side, walking will help clear your mind and sleep better too.
  • Calorie crusher – Fitness walking or “speed walking” as it’s commonly known will burn approximately 200 calories every 30 minutes. To help put this into perspective, this applies to a 65kg person walking at around 4 mph.
  • Great physical benefits – According to the World Health Organisation, “A walker loses weight, lowers cholestoreol and reduces conditions associated with hypertension. Walking can help with slowing the ageing process, maintaining physical balance and flexibility and increasing stamina” – You can’t really argue with these benefits?
  • Strengthen your bones – As walking is classed as a weight bearing exercise, it will help to develop bone strength, whilst helping against the development of osteoporosis.

10 ways to kick start your day! (Part 2)

Following on from our previous article that looked at 5 ways to kick start your day, the following 5 ways are other great ways to maintain a healthy everyday lifestyle. With these 10 ways to kick start your day, you shouldn’t find yourself struggling towards the end of the morning – You’ll be powering through each working day before you know it!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 5 five ways to kick start your day (part 2):

A burst of fresh air! – When we wake up in the morning, your body will be recovering from a state of rest. Oxygen levels will be fairly low, so head straight for your curtains open the windows wide. Even if it’s cold and murky outside, you’ll find that a burst of fresh air will awaken your senses quicker than expected.

Take deep breaths – As you wake up, lying in bed looking at the ceiling, take long deep breaths. Inhale slowly and exhale in the same manner, filling your lungs with fresh oxygen. Breath in through the nose for 4 seconds using the lower abdomen, before exhaling for 8 seconds through the mouth. This will help rid the lungs of any stale air taken throughout the evening.

Drink Peppermint tea –  Drinking peppermint tea is not just to be associated with alleviating an unsettled stomach. Peppermint tea can help to optimise brain function whilst helping with nerve function too.

Sun Salutations –  If you practice yoga on a daily basis, you’ll find that a few rounds of sun salutations are a great way of waking the body, improving circulation and sharpening the mind. If you don’t practice yoga, try stretching your body whilst inhaling slowly through the nose and exhaling through the mouth – a truly invigorating experience.

Exercise – Exercising first thing in the morning is certainly the best time to exercise. Once you’ve woken up and had a healthy balanced breakfast, head to the gym for a workout or perhaps go for a jog around the block. The experience alone will wake you right up, ready for the day ahead.

 

Running tips – Keeping to the beat!

Some of us find motivating our bodies for exercise a little difficult – Why not encourage yourself during your next workout by incorporating a little fun. Music in particular! According to a new study published by the Brunel University of London, listening to the right music during exercise can have a positive effect on your performance and mood.

Take a look at some of the Healthy Hideout’s reasons why you should be playing your favorite tunes the next time you decide to jog around the block:

  • Lower your perception of exhaustion – You’re distracting your brain from the activity you’re actually doing, so you’ll be less inclined to think about being tired and stopping.
  • Heighten cardiovascular benefits – Music with a steady beat helps with the natural rhythm of breathing, resulting in a great amount of oxygen to where you really need it.
  • Extended workout time – You’ll be encouraged to workout for longer because you’re having fun – Longer workouts equal greater benefits.

During exercise, our brains will work hard to find external motivation to keep interested – If you can provide this through the form of music you’re less inclined to become bored too quickly. Brunel’s team of researchers found that music around 120 – 150 beats per minute offered the perfect exercise tempo, resulting in your workout being at least 20% more effective. Lead researcher Dr Kargeorghis says that because “maintaining a synchronous movement during the onset of fatigue requires more attention” our bodies tend to focus less on how tired we are, and more towards continuing an effective workout.

What tunes do you listen to during your workout? If you are based in the south of England then why not check out the Great South Run?!