Exercise is the key for better health. I think it is one of the most inexpensive forms of preventative care that you can count on for healthier future. If you browse through the health section of news papers, blogs, you will find articles quoting scientific study that reveals benefits of regular exercise as simple as walking. People on diet can reduce their weight much faster if they exercise along with the diet.
Most scientific studies say that walking for half an hour, daily is beneficial for health. I know I have been keen to consult an expert to make a schedule for exercise for the full week. I found a tool that USA today’s reporter Nanci Hellmich has developed. It is a quiz and program in consultation with fitness expert Mark Fenton. The program is a challenge to loose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. This health program is adapted from Mark’s book, The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness and he says walking “should be at the core of everyone’s active lifestyle.”
I would like to go through the highlights of the program and for the details I would recommend you to go to loose 10 pounds in 10 week. The program calls for taking a quiz and asks to choose choice for 4 questions, namely:
1. How active are you on a typical day?
2. How much conscious exercise do you get in a week?
3. How fit are you right now?
4. Which of the following best describes the outcome you’d like as a result of being more active?
Depending upon the answer you choose for each question, program prompts you to calculate a score for your answers as follows:
A = 1 point, B = 2 points, C = 3 points
Question 1._ + 2. — + 3. — + 4. _= YOUR SCORE
The weight loose program defines your level based on the score you received:
/>•4-6 points. Beginner. Start at Level 1, gradually working up to a 20-minute walk. Keep a log of how long you walk and about how many miles you cover or steps you take. Next week add a few more minutes daily to work up to Level 2, Level 3 and so on.
•7-9 points. Intermediate. You may be ready to start at Level 3 or Level 4 with at least 20 minutes of walking a day. If this is too hard, cut back and work up to Level 3. If it’s too easy, then pick a higher level. Work on increasing duration, then speed.
•10-12 points. Advanced. You may be able to do a 45-minute to 60-minute walk daily. Look at Level 5, 6, 7. If this feels like too much, start more gradually. If it’s too easy, pick up your speed or add other activities
For each category the weight loss program detail your walking schedule for each day of the week. I would like to reiterate that the details of the program can be found here: loose 10 pounds in 10 week.
I would say that be honest to yourself when answering your questions, so that you choose a level appropriate to your current health condition or exercise pattern. The good thing about the program is that it just recommends walking each day for certain amount of time. You don’t have to lift weights, run on thread mill, etc. Program does suggest checking with your doctors prior to implementing the program in your daily routine. I think regular exercise as simple as walking with a controlled and balanced diet can help you shed a lot of weight and keep your future healthy.