Get ready to burn calories and strengthen your heart because today we’re doing a walking workout at home.
This workout is perfect for getting back to fit after 50. You can do this on the ground, or you can do these moves with a step bench (if you own one) to make the workout harder.
A lack of coordination is one of the big reasons many of my clients stay away from traditional aerobics classes, so to ensure that everyone can do this walking workout, I’ve used only the most beginner step moves. We’ll go slow, then speed it up so even the most uncoordinated person can torch some serious calories and enhance quality of life too.
While you probably already know that cardio burns calories and strengthens the heart, what is lesser known is the importance of multi-plane movements. Here’s how it works:
By walking in different directions throughout this workout, not only do you tone muscles in the front of the legs, you’ll also tone the sides of your legs and the back of your legs.
This enhances the effects of standard, forward walking workouts that we traditionally do outside because it tones and strengthens lateral and posterior muscle groups that forward walking alone just doesn’t reach.
This trains lesser used muscles that are so important for everyday activities such as: dodging in and out around those slow walkers at the mall (or grocery store), for turning around to unplug a boiling kettle then quickly turning back to finish chopping your vegetables, or even running after grandkids who can so quickly zig zag underneath your feet.
If we exercise each and every part of our legs (like this walking workout does), we strengthen all muscles, we move with greater ease, not to mention we train the body to move in many directions with as little effort as possible.
So, we’ll burn calories, strengthen the heart and make everyday activities feel easy. That sounds like a win win!
Again, if you’ve got a step pull it out, but if you don’t who cares! The workouts super effective anyways.
Let’s get started!