In the handful of minutes it takes to watch the woe-is-the-world evening news each night, you could slash your risk of diabetes by 34 percent, of stroke by 20 percent, of a hip fracture by 41 percent, and of dying over the next few years by half, and at the same time sharpen your thinking skills, put some sparkle in your mood-and whittle your waist. How? By walking, of course.
It's free, simple, and convenient; almost anyone can do it almost anywhere. But admittedly, sometimes it's hard to get up and out the door. If you put it off until you feel like exercising, forget it! (We all know how that goes.) We have a better idea: Sign up right now to take part in the excusive Walk It Off 8-week walking program, designed to speed your weight loss, get you fitter faster, and keep you motivated and excited every step of the way. It's free!
The plan focuses on two key goals: building endurance and burning fat-especially the dangerous fat lurking deep in your belly. Getting your heart rate up is critical for heart health, and incorporating bursts of faster walking in your walks helps you burn more fat. On this plan, you'll work up to exercising at 85% of your maximum heart rate for one minute at a time. Bonus: You'll burn off more calories in fewer minutes.
By registering for the Walk It Off Club you'll get full access to the program, which includes weekly tips and related articles, downloadable PDFs for each week of the plan, and access to an amazing community of women just like you who are starting the same plan with the same goals in mind. Get ready to share your experiences, your tips, and your weekly struggles and success stories, and to help each other to the finish line: a sexier, fitter, trimmer you.
(Remember to check with your doctor before starting any new fitness plan.)