Benefits of a morning walk

Did you know that walking is one of the best ways to get your metabolism started and your body activated? Start with a 10 minute warm-up walk at an easier pace. This will lower your blood sugar and burn off any stored glycogen in your muscles.

After the 10-minute warm up, pick up the pace to your fat burning zone, which is 60-70% of your maximum heart rate. A good way to gauge this intensity (if you don’t have a personal fitness device) is feeling that you could talk to somebody whilst walking, you’ll be using lots of oxygen yet you feel it’s a pace you could maintain for 30-50 minutes.

 

 

After 30-50 minutes you can begin to slow to a cool-down walk of about 10 minutes at the end.

Can you fit these into your morning routine? When you exercise in the morning after fasting all night, your body will go straight for the stored fat as its source of energy, so going for your walk on an empty stomach will help.

If there is food in your tummy, your body will have to metabolise that first.

Happy walking, Lucy x

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