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3 Ways to Build Muscle Strength with Walking


We've all heard about the magic of walking. Walking is not just a simple exercise, it's a treasure trove of health benefits. From easing arthritis pain, helping you catch those Z's, melting away stress, boosting your immune system, to keeping your glucose levels in check - walking does it all. And guess what? It's also a mood booster and a shield against depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Who knew, right?


Now, you might be thinking, "Walking is all about cardio, isn't it?" Well, there are ways to add muscle strengthening to that walk. Let's dive into some fun ways to turn your walk into a strength-building workout.


#1  Let's Go Nordic: Ever tried Nordic walking? It's an enhancement of your regular walking when you put Nordic walking poles in your hands. Imagine burning 20-46% more calories than regular walking, easing the stess on your lower body joints, and strengthening your upper body, all at the same time. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, it's a reality for so many who've tried it and discovered a feel-good way to build strength and stamina. So why not give it a try by taking an Intro to Nordic Walking class or gather your best pals and start your own Nordic walking club. It's a win-win!





#2 Farmer's Walk, Anyone?:



This isn't just a walk in the park, it's a full-body exercise that boosts your muscle power and grip strength, and also improves your cardiovascular health and endurance. Intrigued? Learn how to do the Farmer's Walk and get personalized support from me, your favorite Certified Functional Aging Specialist, in the Fit for the Future strength training program.



#3 Hiking - Nature's Gym: The hill climbs and desends will give your muscles a workout and uneven terrain will provide a challenge to help you improve your balance and coordination. Plus, you get to enjoy some breathtaking views. Join a local hiking group or better yet, volunteer with trail maintenance groups like my husband, Walter, and I do with the Idaho Trails Association. We hike into the wilderness, carrying brushing tools and crosscut saws, work on a section of trail, and then hike it all out. We get a great workout while giving back to the community.




Remember, it's important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard. Start slow and gradually increase the intensity of your walks. And most importantly, enjoy the process! Walking is not only good for your physical health, but it's also a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress.


If you're interested in learning more about these techniques, consider joining one of our programs. We have online and in-person options, individual or small group classes. Just send me, Pamela, a text to get started: 208-861-0406


Don't delay! Grab your best friends and start your strength-building walking journey today!

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