FITNESS WALKING - A Walking Workout
Fitness walking is serious exercise, yet it is the safest and most natural activity for health and fitness. It is brisk, vigorous walking - usually from 3-1/2 to 5 miles per hour. It is walking with determination, moving forward with purpose and control as if you had someplace to go.
The benefits include:
This class allows you to choose your own "speed" of walking, whether it be a 20-minute per mile pace, or a 12-minute per mile pace. All class members meet together at the beginning and end of each class session to stretch, and to share in the camaraderie that exists in activity groups like this. During the time allotted for the cardiovascular portion of the class, each individual will be expected to participate to the fullest at their own fitness level.
To attain cardiovascular fitness, you must exercise so that your heart rate goes up to the TARGET RANGE for at least 15-20 minutes. (Target Range is 70-80% of your Maximal Heart Rate; and Maximal Heart Rate is [220-your age]). **Not to worry, more details to follow.**
To begin a walking program, pace yourself and start out wisely. Walk at your own level of ability for about 30 minutes. Don't try to complete a marathon your first day out. Decrease your intensity if you need to. Remember, you want to be able to do this tomorrow, too.