and speaking of New Year's Resolutions ...
Maybe It's Time to Start a Healthy Walking Regimen!
The good news about walking is, you don't need to set a vigorous, heart-pounding or bone-jarring pace to reap all kinds of health benefits. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), consistency is more important in a walking program than intensity.
That's because the energy cost of walking varies only slightly according to your pace. For example, a 150 lb. person walking at a pace of 2.5 mph will expend 3.3 calories per minute, for a total of 99 calories after 30 minutes. Increasing the pace to 3.5 mph will only bump up the calorie expenditure to 4.2 calories per minute, for a total burn of 126 calories in the same timeframe.
With this in mind, it's best to find a pace that is comfortable for you, so that you can maintain a regular walking routine. As you improve your fitness level, of course, you will find that you're able to walk faster or farther without too much effort (especially if you're wearing your Z-CoiL shoes, which return 40-50% of your energy with each springy step!).
You may want to check out ACE's new Kick-Start 2011 Workout, a simple 3-month exercise program that includes a progressive walking component. In just 12 weeks, you can build from a 15-minute walk to a 30-minute jog!
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