Walking while watching TV

Hi there, have you ever tried this? Walking while watching TV?

I posted a few times about walking programs, such as here, here or here. But what happens on the days you’re resting? Or, when you’re catching up on NCIS or watching college football? So, I’ll let you in on a secret. You can walk and exercise while watching TV. But first, let’s see what Harvard Medical School has to say about walking.

Benefits of Walking

walking benefits

From the image on the left, there’s a list of twenty benefits of walking. Below is what the Harvard researchers have found.

1. Walking counteracts the effects of weight-promoting genes. Research has shown that walking briskly for about an hour a day can cut obesity-promoting genes in half.

2. Walking helps tame a sweet tooth. A 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and a variety of sugary snacks.

3. Walking reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. Women who walked seven or more hours a week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer than those who walked three hours or fewer per week, according to one study by American Cancer Society.

4. Walking eases joint pain. Not only does walking reduce arthritis-related pain, walking five to six miles a week can also prevent arthritis from forming in the first place.

5. Walking boosts immune function. Studies have found that people who walk at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, have 43% fewer sick days than those who exercise once a week or less.

To read the full article, please go here.

Walking while watching TV, how?

Actually, it’s really easy. Instead of purchasing one of those expensive treadmill desks, you can simply walk while watching TV. Once you’ve mastered the few basic steps from Leslie Sansone’s or Jessica Smith’s walk programs. Basic walking, side steps, kick, knee lifts, hamstring curls, etc. you can do them while you’re watching TV.

The experts advise us to walk 10,000 steps a day and slowly increasing the goal if we’re serious about losing weight. (see here) If you use a step counter, like Fitbit or other activity trackers, it’s easy to do. So, it’s Tuesday night, you want to watch NCIS, FBI and NCIS-New Orleans, you still need 2,000+ steps, what do you do? Turn the TV on and walk!

Here’s a little bonus, Jessica’s five-minute cardio fix:

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