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RESOLVE: Walk then Run!

One of the most basic methods to become active is to walk. You don’t need any special skills, just a comfortable pair of shoes and a place to go. According to the CDC, in addition to weight control, regular physical activity reduces the risk for many diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression as well and some cancers. Physically active people have stronger muscles, bones, and joints and tend to live longer. Walking is a great way to increase your physical activity in order to achieve some of these health benefits. Please consult your physician prior to beginning a new exercise routine.

In order to be successful, you must prioritize and schedule your time to walk just like you do with your other commitments. RESOLVE that you will start out walking with the goal of continuing to increase your pace and distance. Baby steps to bigger strides. You can walk outside if the weather allows, head to the mall, or use a treadmill at the gym. The key is to just get started.

There are a variety of online programs and smartphone apps you can use to help chart your schedule. The goal is to help an inactive person increase their distance, speed, and duration over time. With the use of a cell phone, headphones, and the app, the participant is given instructions. You can also use a spreadsheet and a watch if that works better for you. Each of these programs has about a 5-minute warm-up and cool-down. In between the two, the program instructs the participant how long to walk and when to start incorporating a run. As the weeks progress, other than the warm-up and cool-down, the walking time decreases as the run increases. The distance and duration of the workout slowly increase as well. Depending on how aggressive a program you select, you could go from being inactive to running a 5K in approximately 8 - 12 short weeks.

Now is the time to RESOLVE to become a walker, and if desired, transition into a runner. Resolve to be a better you!