WHY PUSHING IS NECESSARY FOR AN ENJOYABLE WALKING VACATION
If you want to trek your way to Machu Picchu in Peru, explore the rainforests in Costa Rica, raft the Colorado River or trek to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal, you need to start pushing, right now.
And you need to continue pushing for as long as you can.
If you fall into the 50+ category, each year you lose a bit of muscle mass and a bit of strength. You do that is if you don’t do some type of cardiovascular exercise and some type of resistance training on a regular basis. Lose enough muscle mass and enough strength and you’ll start to lose the ability to have the adventures you’ve always dreamed of.
At Walking The World we want you to have as many adventures as you can for as long as you can. That’s why we’ve put together the 100 Day Walking Challenge.
Walking will help build and maintain general fitness and endurance. But to fully enjoy your adventures you need to maintain strength as well. In the 100 Day Walking Challenge we invite you to walk every day for 100 Days. Now, to help build your functional fitness, we’re challenging you to do three bodyweight exercises every day during the Challenge.
The three bodyweight exercises are:
1)Push Ups for upper body strength,
2) Squats for leg strength, and
3) All Fours for core fitness.
We’ll post a video for each of these exercises, starting today with Push Ups.
So, finally, we get to what I meant when I said “Pushing” is necessary for an enjoyable walking vacation!
Why Push-Ups? Many reasons. First, you can do them anywhere and don’t need any special equipment. Push-Ups tone and strengthen your upper body and build lean muscle mass, and because you’re building muscle, increase your metabolism. A higher metabolism helps burn more calories – and of course that helps balance the calories from those delectable desserts you’ll be enjoying while on a walking trip in Tuscany!
When doing Push-Ups you’re working your chest muscles, triceps, shoulders, abs, upper back and forearms.
With all of the bodyweight exercises we’re demonstrating, start with a few reps on day one and increase the number of repetitions as you’re able. Try to do a minimum number of each every day.
After a few weeks, you’ll be on your way to a better level of functional fitness.
AND you’ll be helping to ensure that you can have the adventures you’ve always dreamed about for as long as possible.
Ward Luthi and Marketa Jancar
Walking The World