This edition of Hood Health 101 wants you to get out there and walking

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There are a plethora of activities that you can do to get in your daily dose of exercise. Brisk walking, however, is one of the easiest low impact exercises that you can do. Research has shown that there are numerous benefits to walking regularly. Some benefits of include a reduced risk of breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis.  It is something that provides great benefit while being easy and cost effective.



What You Will Need

Select The Walking Course – Take the time to select the course that you feel is the best fit for you. Check the distance of the course and select the best time of day or night to walk the course. It may also help to keep an eye out for the groups or other that walk the same course to see if you could walk together sometimes.

Pick The Right Shoe – No matter what terrain you are walking on, make sure that the walking shoes that you select are appropriate. Let the salesperson know the surface that you will be walking on so they can assist you with the shoe selection. If you buy a pair of shoes based on looks alone, you may find yourself with blisters and bruised toenails. Make sure that the shoes you select fit properly, are comfortable, fit the terrain, and have great arch support.

Remember The Basics – It’s always important to stretch before an exercise routine and that does include walking. It may be low impact, but you’ll never know. It will also be good to warm up and cool down before and after your walk. You can do this for 5 to 15 minutes at the beginning or end of your routine.

Stay Motivated – The best way to stay motivated with any routine is to make it fun. So throw on your headphones and rock out. I have seen people brisk walking and break out into a dance mid stride and I just chuckled and thought, “get it baby”. The point is, whatever you need to do to make it fun and exciting for you then do it.

With so many different exercise routines, I understand how it can get overwhelming and confusing. The issues of figuring out the best fit for you and then dealing with the cost of these various programs are just another part of the hassle. Sometimes the best thing is the easiest thing. Just a pair of shoes and nature, how much easier does it get. Don’t forget to drop by and show me love on Twitter @NakeashaJ and on Instagram @Melanated_Beauty


– Nakeasha Johnson (@NakeashaJ)