Watch Your Walking

21 September, 2012

The best way to measure your walking workout is with a watch. The time you take to walk -- at least 30 minutes each day -- is much more important than how many miles, steps, or blocks you've walked. That's because monitoring time is convenient and can be measured anywhere, and you're less likely to under- or overdo it.

Using a watch to measure your walking progress can help keep you from cheating. That is, if you measure by some other means -- distance, for example -- and have a lot of time on your hands, you may opt for a slower pace. If you walk for at least 30 minutes a day, you may find yourself getting farther and farther in that amount of time, and that feels like progress. So just put 30 minutes of walking on your schedule, and then do it at a pace that feels good. Can't do it all in one stretch? Get a watch with a cumulative stopwatch function, and keep track throughout the day until you patch together at least 30 minutes.

SOURCES: The RealAge Workout: Maximum Health, Minimum Work. Roizen, M. F., Hafen, T., New York: HarperCollins, 2006.


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