Briskly walking over a long distance can be a great cardiovascular workout (more so than most people think). The health benefits are the same as running/jogging, but less stress is placed on the legs and joints.
Body Part and Muscle Group
Walking is considered a whole body exercise with all the major muscles being used.
Walking requires the body to perform many low impact joint movements depending on the speed you walk at.
- Carefully step onto the treadmill avoiding the belt while holding onto the handrails.
- When both feet are either side of the belt work your way up to the control panel, still avoiding the belt and holding onto the handrails.
- Attach the emergency clip to your clothing.
- Press Quick Start and the belt will begin to move (make sure you are clear of the belt).
- When your ready step on to the belt with your heel down and start to walk.
- When comfortable let go of the handrails and swing your arms in an opposite arm to leg action.
- Continue to walk in a smooth continuous movement.
- To stop press the Stop button and slow your walk down as the belt slows.
- Position your feet either side of the belt and hold onto the handrails.
- Un-clip the emergency stop.
- Dismount the treadmill by walking to the end and stepping off.
Progression: Increase the speed of your walking, walk for a longer time period or increase the incline on the treadmill.
Walking is a simple form of exercise that can make a lot of difference. By including walking in a new exercise workout you can start to build up your fitness levels and progress on to jogging and then running. Walking can be done indoors on a treadmill or outdoors, walking can easily be included in a daily routine, rather than take the bus or drive to the local shows you could walk or get of a stop early and finish the rest of the journey on foot.