Lace up your sneakers and get those legs moving! Whether you’re new to walking or ready to try a marathon, we’ve got the perfect plan for you. You’ll find personalized advice and week-by-week walking routines designed by Judy Molnar, a certified trainer and coach for Iron Girl (an online fitness training program), and plenty of motivation that’ll help you meet your weight-loss goals. Now go ahead and get walking — a healthier you awaits!
Motivation for New and Experienced Walkers
You’ve taken the first step — you’ve committed yourself to walking regularly. Here’s how to stay motivated:
Find a buddy. When a friend is relying on you, you’re less likely to cancel, and you’ll look forward to the camaraderie.
Set mini goals. Sign up for a charity walk in your area or challenge yourself to walk an additional block each week.
Make an investment. If you spend some money, you’ll be more likely to walk. Purchase a pair of sneakers, or join a gym for the winter months and walk on the treadmill.
Create a rewards system. Hang a chart on your fridge and log your walks. After six jaunts, reward yourself: download a few walking tunes, get a manicure, or buy a new walking outfit.
Your 8-Week Plan: Focus on Time, Not Distance
Your mission is to make walking a part of your daily life. The first step is simply to get up and get moving. Three days a week you’ll walk for short periods of time and twice a week you’ll choose a favorite cross-training activity such as cycling, dancing, or working out to a DVD. Give yourself 2 days off to allow your muscles to recover (choose days that work Most Unexceptional for you).