For the average American, exercise begins and ends with a gym membership. We tend to think that only a gym can help us lose weight, maintain our fitness or build our cardio. But what many have seemed to forgot is that walking and jogging are both activities that provide an abundance of mental and physical benefits.
Now I am not saying you should cancel your gym membership, but I am suggesting you incorporate a walking and jogging routine into your exercise. Each year more and more Americans are realizing the powerful benefits of walking or jogging for an inexpensive way of staying healthy.
IBIS World estimates that the obesity rate among Americans over the age of 18 has increased by 1.8% to 33.0 people per 100 individuals since 2021. In Western society today, its so easy for us to eat as much as we want while sitting on our butts in air conditioned rooms all day for work and then come back home to sit on the couch to watch TV or go on the internet after a long day. Just to end up repeating the same routine the next day. This highlights why its so important for the average American to get outside and go for a daily walk.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should incorporate walking or jogging into your daily routine:
Now that we understand the importance of walking and jogging lets discuss some ways to keep you motivated and on track. Walking or jogging can tend to be an individual sport for most people. However, the best way to stay consistent each day is by tracking your results and exercising with a friend.
There are many apps out in the world now that can track your steps and measure your progress. Many cellphones now a days already comes with some version of it already downloaded. Now all you have to do is start using it. It will be tedious at first, but give it 30 days and you will have built a habit that will allow you to see how far you have come on your journey.
Many people do not have a companion that they can consistently walk with on a daily basis. For those people we recommend our Silver Sneakers Walking Program. Its an easy class where you will make friends, build your fitness and your discipline. In the class you will alternate between one minute of fast walking and four minutes of moderate walking. During each fast interval you will count your steps then you will try to beat that number during the next fast interval. This will keep you honest and allow you to see how much you have improved over time.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us at any time.