With the clever wit and good sense of Fitness for Dummies
, exercise physiologist Liz Neporent covers everything you need to know to make walking a habit. You learn walking techniques, how to set up a program, a variety of walking routines, and tips for getting and staying motivated. Neporent breaks walking for fitness into four levels, with plenty of advice on who should do that level, proper form and technique, and routines:
- 1. Lifestyle walking (2.5 to 3.5 miles per hour)
- 2. Fitness walking (brisk: 3.5 to 4.3 miles per hour)
- 3. High-energy walking (intense: 4.4 to 6 miles per hour)
- 4. Walk-run (alternating running and walking intervals).
For those of us working on getting to level one, Neporent is gentle, explaining how to test endurance; set goals; choose the right clothing, shoes, socks, and sports bra; eat right; set up a routine; walk in different weather conditions; and stay safe. She also includes strength training exercises and stretches for walkers, tips for walking with a dog, common injuries, a treadmill guide, snazzy gadgets, and much more. This is a super book for the fitness walker, beginning or experienced, from an author who clearly is a walker herself. Highly recommended. --Joan Price
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Praise for Fitness For Dummies®
by Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent "Full of smart, jargon-free, common sense advice." Shape. "A funny, irreverent, and very smart guide." Cooking Light "Comprehensive, authoritative and entertaining." Men's Fitness
Features a walking journal to help track your progress
Set a steady pace toward health and fitness with this fun and easy guide Walking is one of the easiest and most effective ways to exercise, whether you're a senior, mom-to-be, or you're looking for a low-impact, low-cost alternative to jogging or the gym. This friendly guide explains stride by stride how to maximize the cardiovascular benefits of walking and set up a personalized fitness walking program.
Discover how to: Develop a customized fitness walking routine Set up goals and track your progress Select the right shoes and accessories Stretch, warm up, and cool down Integrate advanced activities hikes, walk-runs, and races Avoid common injuries
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