The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Go for a FAST walk

Is walking really exercise? This depends on all sorts of things: age, fitness level, speed, length of time, and so on. The important thing to note is that walking, in and of itself, is not exercise unless you’re doing it fast enough to get your heart rate fairly elevated, and you keep doing that for long enough to make you a little hot and bothered.

A good starting point would be a thirty-minute walk where you cover 3km. If you’re unfit, you should be able to manage that (although this is NOT medical advice – check with your doctor first). As your fitness levels improve, try to speed up the walk and extend the distance.

During lockdown, we have some limited time to go outside, and if you want to make the most of it, avoid simply wandering around your neighbourhood. Instead, go for a fast walk, and get some exercise benefit. Your heart will be healthier, your joints will be happier, your blood sugar will be more controlled, you’ll think better, you’ll be in a better mood, and you’ll sleep better.

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That’s quite a list of advantages.

So do yourself a favour, and go for a fast walk today.

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