Walking

Walking

Get Fit with Weekend Workouts

Blast calories and shape up with fun, fast-paced trail routines.
 
It's Friday about 5:00 pm. What's your action plan this weekend? It's good to make a plan, even on your day of rest, because you're more likely to go big and follow through. For example, last weekend my husband and I made plans to visit the  Phleger Estate in Woodside, CA. The plan was to hike 8 miles around the property. 
 

Trail Running = Bonus Points for Your Body

Think of trail running as road running amplified.
Like all running, trail running increases muscular strength and endurance in your quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes, in addition to giving your heart and lungs a workout. But because the trails serve up an unpredictable, rocky, root-filled terrain of hills, streams and other natural obstacles, trail running improves your proprioception (your sense of balance and where your body is in space). It also taps nearly every muscle from your shoulders on down, and builds strength in your joints. As a result, it provides a challenging whole-body workout.

My Kickass Workout Weapon of Choice

I just got back to my desk after slipping out for an hour of fun, adventurous butt-kicking (my own). Whenever I have had a little too much fun or strayed away from my healthy lifestyle, I don't fret about it, I take care of it right away (really, I do!). So this morning, after a weekend of catching up with girlfriends, eating and drinking a tad too much, I head for the hills – Nordic Walking Poles in hand.

Nordic skiers are among the fittest athletes on the planet and walking poles are a cross training tool used by competitive Nordic skiers to stay in shape in the off-season. Here are some workout ideas for you...

Step-by-Step to Dynamic Walking

Put spring in your stride with these simple tips (written by Tina Vindum for Gaiam.com)
 
No matter where you live, springtime is the right time to get back outside and ramp up your physical activity. Walking might be the best way to get in mental and physical shape, especially if you prefer to avoid crowded gyms and exhaustive training. Your body was made to move, and with the changing of the season, now is the perfect time to start walking more. Follow these suggestions to get the most out of each step:

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