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Are there any Health Benefits of Walking?



Sooo, walking?- (confused face followed by lighthearted chuckle), am I right? (I know. It’s a hack comedian line but still a keeper). Have you ever thought about starting a workout regimen and wanting to go as easy or light as possible? Of course not you, you hard worker you! I mean other people who want to make an easy go of it. Do you know any of those types? Well I see them online often asking questions about simply walking. Can I just walk they’ll ask. Many say “No! Walking isn’t exercise”, or Black Girl Walking Infinity“Real exercise involves heavy sweating, racing heartbeats and of course weights”…right? Well not necessarily. Walking isn’t useless at all in the grand scheme of things. It’s something that most of us able bodied people do pretty regularly in day to day life, but it could be SO much more.

Benefits of Walking for Health and Fitness

Just regular daily brisk walking can have positive effects including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Can prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthening your bones and muscles
  • Improving your mood
  • Improving your balance and coordination.1
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    Allergic to Exercise? Runner’s Itch Relief!


    I didn’t know I had runner’s itch at first. It all started a few years ago when I was way into working out! I exercised probably 2-3 hours a day. I slowed all the way down since then, (for shame) but I do remember something really weird that started around that time. I was running in some hills in California. I had run up the hill and gone up and down some heavy terrain steps a few times and I was in the home stretch headed down a simple paved road back to my car. That’s when it happened! I had a little itch in my leg that soon became a big itch. I tried to keep running but literally had to stop and scratch. The itching had taken over my whole entire upper leg, booty and stomach. I stood there scratching for my life. My husband was embarrassed because he didn’t know what I was doing. I told him I was itching and he wanted me to just ignore it. I tried to explain that it couldn’t be ignored. The irritation was too great. It went from a simple itch to my body feeling so inflamed that I had to put my hands inside my pants to ravenously claw at myself.

    My Legs After Scratching

    My poor thigh after scratching my runner’s itch.

    About my Case of Runner’s Itch

    My personal case of runner’s itch will vary from other people because many describe different circumstances. I usually get the itching in the fattiest parts of my body- my thighs, butt, stomach, breast, and my triceps. I have never gotten it while lifting weights so it is purely about cardio for me. I have only gotten it while exercising outside so I thought that it was temperature related. (I have heard some mention that they got it while on a spinning bike at the gym too!) It is more apt to happen when it is cooler or normal temp than when it is a scorching hot day. It also usually happens when I am running downhill, so basically when I’m trying to go home. Well originally when it happened I did what any normal person with a health crisis would do. I googled it. Oddly enough me putting in the symptom of itching while exercising turned up some pretty sad news. Many others complained about it happening, but said that doctors tried to convince them it was in their heads. Only recently have I met someone that gave it a name and when I looked it up I finally got some validation.

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    Cardio + Upper Body Workout Video

    Cardio + Upper Body Strength Workout Video


    Here’s a Tabata Workout video that’s just straight to the point. I don’t even speak in the video. Get Ready. Get Set. Go

    How did you like this workout? Are you sweating yet? Let me know down in the comments.

    Want More? Check out my other Workouts -> http://fitnaturals.org/category/fitness/workouts/

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    Spring into Action Fitness Challenge


    20-30 Minute Workouts 4-5 days a week. New workout each week.
    Video Demonstrations
    Private Fitness Group for Check ins & Daily Motivation
    Calorie calculation information
    7 day Sample Menu
    Price: REDUCED to $5 (to get more participants)
    Prizes for the most involved participants in the group
    What You’ll Need for the Challenge
    Set of dumbbells. Preferably 2 different sized sets

    interval timer- (Try Gymboss miniMAX)
    Yoga mat (or similar)
    Water bottle

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    5 Reasons Why Couples SHOULDN’T Workout Together


    In 2012 I did one of the hardest workout programs that I had ever done (at the time) with my then boyfriend (now husband). It was tough but I remember that he kept pushing me and punking me into not quitting. I got into great shape, imho, and I loved my progress. After that however I was ready to ditch my workout buddy. He was on my nerves for sure. I have a list of reasons that it sucks to workout with your mate.
    1. No More “Me” time

    If you were going to the gym as a way to get away from it all, then you can hang that up real quick! Sometimes when everyone is on my nerves I like to hit the gym and throw around the weights without being reminded of my problems. Having him there messes up my time to be alone and think it out while letting out my aggression.

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