Friday, April 10, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 14

Hi loves! How was everyone's week? Did you complete the challenge? Let me know in the comments below! 

It was raining a lot this week! I actually woke up to a little bit of fresh powder on the ground on a couple of mornings. The entire United States is experiencing some crazy weather right now, so I am not going to complain. But, let's be real. As much as it is advertised that spring is all about flowers and sunshine, it is not. It is really all about the rain. To sum it up, just look at this pin I have on Pinterest here. Accurate, isn't it? 

I did manage to go on quite a few walks despite the weather. On Monday I went on a 4.25 mile walk. After two years of living where I live, I finally understand the numbered wooden signs on the side of the walking/biking paths. They say what mile you're on. It is truly genius. I am still feeling a bit dumb for not putting two and two together sooner, but that is not the point. The point is that I've had a revelation and it feels good! haha 

On Tuesday I stretched for 14 minutes (not quite sure why I stopped one short of 15). I also did my Fabulous Arm Workout and my Awesome Abs Workout. Yesterday I went on a 3 mile walk. Today I went on a 3 mile walk as well. I also did my Lovely Legs Workout and my Bomb Butt Workout.

~Challenge~ 

Let's talk about walking! It may sound extremely boring and useless, however it is not! I touched on it a bit last week. I want to expound upon it for this week's challenge. The Mayo Clinic says that brisk walking trims your waistline, helps you to maintain a healthy weight, strengthens your bones, lifts your mood, and helps you to improve your balance and coordination. Your challenge is to go on a brisk walk at least once this week. 

Before walking plan out different routes you can take, so you can always have them at hand in the future. Map out the courses that are difficult and the ones that are easy. You can pick your course based off of your energy level or mood that day. You don't have to just walk around your neighborhood. Be creative! 

In Southern California, many people go on long walks at the beach. Why? The sand creates resistance, increasing the difficultly of your workout (especially in dry sand). Many people walk (and run) around the Rose Bowl. It is practically a bonafide socialization hot spot. If you do not have a specific exercise area close by that everyone populates, walk around a track. Make sure to use the outside lane or second to the outside lane- track protocol when walking lol.

Remember to bring a friend when you go walking. It is important to always use the buddy system. Plus, it's a win-win situation. You can chat with your friends and still burn calories!!

In last week's post I said to wear hiking shoes or ankle weights when walking if you want a challenge. I do recommend you start out easy with regular walking shoes and no additional weight. There are many important factors you should look at when purchasing walking shoes: comfort, stability, cushion, breathability, heel and arch support (depending on what your feet need). Tread can also be important. If you are walking on concrete, tread is not that important. If you are walking by a river, through rocky or wooded areas, or on any other unstable surface, tread is important. 

Make sure to compare the features of different walking shoes with these factors in mind the next time you purchase a pair! If you are buying them in a store, ask one of the sales associates their opinion on which walking shoe is right for you and where you walk.

Where do you plan on walking? Let me know in the comments below! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Twitter!

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