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Walking – Fun, Free & Joint-Friendly

Walking – Fun, Free & Joint-Friendly

The new workout for body & mind? Absolutely.

The benefits of walking are well documented but some are less obvious than others.  Did you know that it can help improve your memory? You may never have to wonder where you parked your car again!

There is a great calorie burn result simply by walking at a pace that gets you a little out of breath but importantly, allows you to carry on chatting.

Walking is right up there alongside swimming, cycling and running when it comes to health benefits.

Get the most out of your walking

Shrug Your Shoulders

Do this before you set off – as they fall, push them back slightly. This relieves tension and promotes good arm motion while walking. You will also look taller and slimmer.

Tuck Your Bum In

Tilt your hips slightly forward to prevent arching your back which can cause back pain.

Don’t look Down

Peering at your shoes puts strain on your neck & back. and will not lift your spirits.  We live in a beautiful country, make sure you let it put a smile on your face.

Draw in your Stomach

Engaging your core muscles works the abs, such a simple way to exercise.

Ensure Your Heels Land First

This will keep the stress out of your knees and give you a more powerful push off to enable a faster stride.

Walking for Weightloss

Can You Lose Weight By Walking?

These links are full of great ideas and information, worth a look whatever your reason for walking.

Walking Shoes?

Yes it matters and here is what the NHS have to say:

The Sleep Walk

This is coming up on the 9th July

What better reason to walk?

Now get out there and let me know how much you are loving it!




About the Author

I have been involved in fitness all my life but never been hugely competitive. Entering the world of fitness instructor, personal trainer and nutrition advisor, I leant how simple it is to stay in shape without becoming a gym fanatic or elite athlete. I am neither, by the way!

So after 17 years of managing the swimming school and taking rowing classes at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, I decided it was time to do something that would give me a different type of job satisfaction. Offering a service that directly influences someone’s wellbeing, seemed a good choice.

So, I studied the mechanics of exercise versus body shape and began to understand why so many people who have exercise routines that sometimes seem excessive, never see the changes they are hoping for. This led me to I set up Tessfit which tackles this conundrum. It is a real mix and match offering between nutrition and weight management advice, fitness classes and personal training. A combination which is proving to be highly successful for everyone involved.

I now work from home and run my classes and indoor Personal Training sessions at Venture Fitness in Newton Abbot. It is a great balance and not only do I love my work, I also get to spend more time with my family which is invaluable.​.

2 responses to “Walking – Fun, Free & Joint-Friendly”

  1. Yang says:

    Thank you so much for this! I have never been a fan of jogging Instead, I walk with my dog early in the morning for an hour and a half until the sun shines. Since I’m also following the Ketogenic diet, I can’t do high-intensity workouts. I never thought there was a wrong way to do walking tho. This is new to me. Thanks again!

    • Tess Irons says:

      Hi Yang, I am so pleased you found the blog interesting and I love the idea of walking until the sun shines 🙂 It might be an idea to read the blog ‘Why I am allergic to diets’ for an insight into a more sustainable way of eating…..!

      Have a great day and I hope the sun is shining on you. Tess

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