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Walking OutsideThe sunny, warm weather may have inspired you to begin an exercise program or move your exercise program outdoors. For many people, that means walking or running - in a neighborhood, on an outside track, in a park or on a community trail. So, what's better? Walking? Running? Perhaps a slow jog? The answer really depends on your overall fitness level and fitness goals.
  • Walking: Walking is an ideal exercise, suited to almost everyone. It requires no training, is low risk for injury and can fit into most people's schedules. All that is really needed is a comfortable pair of shoes. There are many benefits to walking: lower blood pressure, weight control, better mood, improved sleep, reduced stress and reduced risk of heart attack. The benefits of walking are seen when you walk at a "brisk" pace, in other words, waking fast enough to begin breathing more deeply and to feel slightly warm from the exertion.Walking is especially good for anyone who has knee or other joint issues, who has any medical condition that would prohibit a more vigorous workout or for the beginning exerciser. Walking loses some benefit when the pace is too slow for your personal fitness level.
  • Jogging/Running: During jogging or running, not only is pace increased, but the movement creates more impact on feet and joints. Jogging and running burns more calories in the same amount of time as walking, but the other benefits are the same as walking - improved heart health, blood pressure, better sleep, improved mood and reduced stress. The choice to jog or run may be about challenging your fitness level. If you have been walking for while, you may want to try adding some jogging to your routine. Be aware, however, that the increased impact is not recommended for anyone with knee, foot or other joint issues.
So what to do? Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Then, try walking briskly for 30 minutes, 5 - 7 days a week, to improve physical and mental health. If walking doesn't seem to raise your heart rate or deepen your breathing enough, add intervals of jogging. Whatever you do, listen to your body.Slow down if you find you are out of breath. Do not "run through the pain." Some exertion is fine; pain is not. Enjoy the summer sun and warm weather by taking a walk or jog!

We can help you find a health insurance policy that fits your needs and budget. Contact TCU Insurance Agency at (800) 772-8043 for more information on Indiana health insurance.
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