Day 156

Do we have any OHIO WALKERS out there in MyBigWalkLand?

As I recall, chili over spaghetti topped with onions and cheddar cheese is a favorite local cuisine in Cincinnati…but that’s no reason to question some of the really good things about the city, like the winding Ohio River, the new Great American Ballpark, and a funky little downtown art district.

If we’re eating Cincinatti-style chili, we really need to keep up our walking routines! That’s why this week’s Monday Morning Motivator comes from a recent article on  the Cincinnati Enquirer’s web page.

Choosing a walking or running route

REBECCA PRATT, STAFF WRITER • SPARKPEOPLE.COM • MARCH 1, 2010

Fitness can be incredibly simple. Sometimes, the most effective workouts don’t need celebrity spokespeople or a payment plan. Walking and running are excellent ways to stay in shape year-round. These basic workouts are convenient, feasible almost anywhere, and require only a good pair of shoes- all you need is a place to go!

Depending on the time of year, as well as your fitness goals, you can map out a route to suit your needs. Some things to consider include

The Scenic Route  *  Terrain Variety  *  Ground Surface  *  Water Stops & Resting Places  *  Safety

My favorite tip from Rebecca is about terrain variety:

Keep in mind that the most effective routes for walking/running are those with varied terrain: flat levels for a brisk but steady pace; gentle hills for a challenge; and steep slopes, which are more demanding on the way up and require better balance on the way down. Walking up a hill with 15 percent slope uses about a third more energy than walking on a flat surface, while walking downhill takes about the same energy as walking on level ground– unless the hill is very steep, in which case your muscles must work harder to keep your balance.

You can read the whole article here.

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