Walking Is The Perfect Low Impact Exercise -
If you haven’t exercised in a while, or are looking for something easy you can do every single day give walking a try. It’s the perfect low impact way to exercise. It’s easy to do, you don’t need any special equipment and you can start at the fitness level you’re at.
If you’re not in the best of shape, start by going for a 10 or 15 minute walk around the neighborhood and work your way up from there. If you’re already in great shape, walking can still provide an effective workout. Walk fast and incorporate some hills and even stairs.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. If you’re like most of us, chances are you haven’t exercised much since you got out of college and need to start small. Maybe your doctor suggested that you move around more, or maybe you just want to be proactive about your health and well-being. In either case, walking is the perfect way to start.
Walking Strengthens Your Bones and Muscles
If you’re just starting out, walking is all you need to start to get into better shape. As you get more fit, consider adding weight lifting exercises in addition to your daily walks to continue to get stronger and help develop strong muscles and bones.
Find a pair of comfortable shoes, put them on and go for a stroll through your neighborhood. You could also find a local park with a nice path you can walk on. If the weather doesn’t permit walking outside, head to your local mall and walk or hop on a treadmill.
You can even walk in place at home in front of your TV
Especially in a Pandemic/Post-Pandemic world
Here’s a simple little idea to get you moving more. As you’re sitting on the couch at night watching TV, get up during commercial breaks and march in place until your favorite TV show comes back on. If you’re using a service like Netflix, make yourself walk in place for 10 minutes in between episodes. Or turn on the TV and challenge yourself to march in place during the entire show. Time will fly while you’re having fun watching TV and moving.
Speaking of having fun, going for a walk outside can be a lot of fun too. Mix up your route and walk in different areas of town, or visit different parks. Invite a friend to come along with you to walk. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to and having a walking buddy keeps you accountable. Grab your phone or MP3 player and listen to music or audiobooks as you walk to make the time go by faster.
Walking Will Boost Your Mood and Fight Depression
The exercise of walking releases endorphins that will help lift your mood and can even reduce depression. Give it a try. The next time you’re feeling tired or are in a bad mood, lace up your sneakers and go for a brisk walk. It works like a charm.
The main thing is that you get out there, move around, and get some exercise in a way that’s gentle on your joints, your heart, and the rest of your body and that’s what walking will do for you. Just give it a try and see if you don’t start to feel better, happier, and stronger after a few weeks of regular walks.
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[RECIPE] Chili-Spiced Smoked Turkey Breast
Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 3 ounces)
Ingredients For Marinade:
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (6-pound) whole turkey breast
2 cups mesquite chips
- Combine ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cool. Combine lime juice mixture and turkey in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Combine the first 10 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cool. Combine lime juice mixture and turkey in a large zip-top plastic bag.
- Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Soak wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain well.
- Preheat the gas grill to medium-hot (350° to 400°) using both burners. Once up to temperature turn the left burner off.
- Place wood chips in a disposable foil pan or a foil packet pierced with holes on the grill over the right burner.
- Remove turkey from marinade; discard marinade. Place turkey, skin side up, on the left burner grill rack.
- Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Turn turkey over; cook for 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer registers 170°. Remove turkey from the grill. Cover loosely with foil, and let stand at least 10 minutes before carving. Discard skin.