— 5 Tips to Boost your Energy and Productivity (1of 5): WALK #1

iStock_000000904995SmallThose who know me know I am tremendously hands-on, my goal is that all the tips are practical and have immediate application. So this first post will go straight to the point. I want you dramatically increase your energy levels naturally and fast, the following 5 tips are most effective:

# 1 Walk

No need to start with a training program 6 hours a week to improve your energy levels. Just walk, and if you the habit start slow walk as 15 minutes a day, then increase by 5 minutes each week. I know what you’re thinking: “do not have time!” Do as me, take the headphones from your mobile and start to make calls while walking, Promise you, it will 200% productive time!

Also walking will generate endorphins that are going to cause you feel much better and obviously you will be in better mood.

The worse you feel most will work, if you’re stuck with a document that does not come with a presentation you do not like or with a spreadsheet that does not match, is the best you can do, so get up and go for a walk! Do not go against your own body, if you’re not focused or inspired to do the task at the time it is best to take a break. The metrics are miraculous, if in a state of mental fatigue it takes two hours to complete a task, with your mind fresh, endorphins in the body and a little concentration same task will probably over 30 minutes. Then if you add the 15-20 minutes you’ve been walking the outcome is you’ve just got literally an hour of time!

Walking not only has positive effects on your mood, is the activity that burns more fat! More than running? Yes, definitely the most fat burning, without any doubt. The reason is the following, your heart rate will be between 90 and 120 beats per minute, your body will mobilize at this heart rate much more fat than carbohydrates as energy source. Speeding up heart rate, for example running, will drive your body to get a quicker way to get energy burning carbohydrates instead of fat.

In addition, walking is an excellent exercise for no great athletes. It doesn’t need prior preparation, does not damage the knees or lower back as running. Just pick a good footwear. I recommend to the ladies that love heels something that many women do in New York, where walking the distances are huge, they go to work with bringing comfortable shoes and leaving some elegant heels for within the office.

Want to measure your progress? I am a fan of Fitbit Tracker, which I will devote a complete post, just carrying this small device you will know how many Km/Miles you’ve walked and how many calories you’ve consumed. It’s great for motivation.

In summary:

  • Walk a little every day
  • Start according to your level, if you do 15 minutes a day starting from zero it is a big step forward
  • If your mind is not in shape, making a break and walking will you help a lot
  • Walking improves your mood, burns fat and improve your fitness

Are you already taking comfortable shoes to go walking?

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