Is walking alone enough or should you be doing more?

Is walking alone enough or should you be doing more?

You have all taken the first steps to improve your health and fitness by joining Mercian Nordic Walking, and I know that there are so many of you who are reaping the rewards and seeing the benefits that walking is bringing you for both your physical and mental health. But is there more that you could be doing to ensure that you are not only getting the results you want but a more complete overall health and physical fitness that walking alone cannot give you? The answer is yes, and here I will tell you what that is and why you should be considering a few tweaks and changes to take yourselves to that next level of overall health and wellbeing.

Diet and Low GI foods

I’m not talking about dieting here; I’m talking about what we eat and why there are certain foods we should be eating that can really give our overall health a boost. I’m sure most of you have heard of the GI index (Glycaemic Index) and that there are foods that have a high or low GI index. Which foods from this index should we be eating more of? Low GI – foods that stabilise your body by keeping your blood sugar level more constant and stop you from feeling hungry or deprived by converting into glucose slowly. As many of you know, we partner with Glow, who produce a low GI food plan that is intended to help you make better choices about what you eat so that you have a more balanced nutritional approach to food that keeps you feeling satisfied for longer. Following the plans and making small changes to your diet over a period of time will not only give you increased energy but will enable a healthy and steady weight loss. Take a look at their website and find out exactly why you should be considering a change to a low GI diet and how it will benefit your long-term health.

Resistance Training

As some of you will probably know, I am involved with the TWiEA (The World Isometric Exercise Association), and you may also have heard that I was recently appointed Vice President of the Association, a position I am incredibly proud of because I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits that isometric exercise offers. What many of you may not know is that I have been using Isometric exercises with you on all the walks you attend and trek fit and circuit sessions we do. Sneaky I know! But that is the beauty of isometrics, muscle strengthening exercises that are quick and easy to do and can be easily incorporated into your everyday life. Isometric exercise is a form of resistance training that strengthens the muscles by pitting one muscle against another or against an object. They are ideal for anyone with joint concerns but need to strengthen the surrounding muscles in order for the joint to strengthen. They are as simple as pressing your palms together (as if you were praying) and pushing your hands towards each other for as little as 7-10 seconds, using your own body as resistance. It is as quick and simple as that, but incredibly effective. Like any exercises that are new to you, it is really important that you are shown by a qualified instructor how to carry them out correctly to ensure that you are performing them safely, which is why we hold Isometric courses.

 

If any of you would like to find out more about Isometric exercises and which of our classes or courses would be of benefit to you, please get in touch.

 

Updated: October 23, 2018 — 10:32 am

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