The sporting goods market is a huge, multi-billion dollar business. Like many other retailers and manufacturers, sports and leisure businesses get a huge boost from the festive season every year. In point of fact, the sector enjoys a bit of a double bubble at this time of year.
Over the Christmas period, a great many people will be giving sports themed gifts. Fitness footwear – usually the same ones used by much admired sporting heroes is a perennial favorite. Team uniforms and logo festooned sportswear are also gifts that are normally well received. The entire pantheon of sporting equipment – from walking treadmills to bowling balls and everything in between – will be wrapped up and put into stockings or positioned under the tree.
As the impact of the festive feasting and drinking on people’s waistlines becomes apparent a couple of weeks later, it will be time for some New Year’s resolutions regarding weight loss and exercise to be made. A lot of those sports based Christmas gifts will see their first use when the recipients set off for running tracks, gyms and parks to lose their unwanted weight and to get in better shape.
It’s all very admirable of course – and some people will keep at it in the longer term. It goes without saying that many will be unable to maintain their enthusiasm for very long. It’s only natural – it’s hard to find the time, the energy and the motivation to exercise sometimes. Managing to fit it in, alongside household chores, the demands of family life and a job can be pretty tough.
However, there’s no need to get dressed from head to toe in fluorescent Lycra and traipse to the gym for an hour of puffing and sweating. You don’t need to sign up for pricey gym membership fees or to spend a fortune on branded fitness gear. Taking exercise by walking one of the easiest and most effective ways of getting into shape and shedding a few pounds.
Possibly because it carries a very low risk of injury, it also has a much lower dropout rate than many other exercise modes. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that, because walking is a low energy, low intensity form of exercise that it won’t do you any good. It takes pretty much the same amount of energy to walk a mile as it does to run it – and there will be much less strain on your joints and muscles when you are walking in comparison to when you are running.
The fact that you can slot walking into you day whenever it suits you best is another big plus point. If you can manage to fit in half an hour to an hour’s worth of walking each day then that’s splendid. Nevertheless, if two or three shorter walking sessions are easier for you to fit into your daily routine, then that’s still fine. It all adds up – and there are plenty of different ways to slot a little additional walking activity into your day.
All that you need to get started on a walking workout routine is a good, stout pair of comfortable shoes. These don’t need to be anything fancy or a well known brand – but they do need to be a good fit. It makes a lot more sense to invest in a decent pair of shoes than it does to buy branded jogging pants, athletic vests with logos on them or any other of the latest fads and gimmicks associated with weight loss.
Nowadays, you can buy walking shoes on the internet and usually get a good deal. If they don’t fit well, you can usually return them free of charge and either choose a new pair in a different size or get your money back.
So, if you decide to lose a little weight following the festivities, don’t forget that when it comes to weight loss exercises, walking is a very effective way to do this.