Reprendre le sport après une longue coupure

Restarting fitness walking training after a long break

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Who hasn't had to take a break from their physical activities for a lengthy period? A break of more than three weeks will result in some extra fat and a drop in muscle mass, as well as a deterioration in physical condition and cardiovascular capacity. When restarting physical exercise and returning to physical health, it is best to start with a gentle sport like fitness walking.

Fitness walking, a gentle sport

There's no need for a lot of equipment, a good pair of flexible trainers with some good cushioning will be enough. What's more, you don't need to pay a subscription to an association or private club to practise this discipline.

Fitness walking is practised in a wide variety of locations, including parks, forests, lakesides or along rivers, where you are in contact with nature at all times. This activity is described as "gentle" because the effort you make is constant and regular and puts less stress on the joints. Contrary to running, fitness walking is less demanding on the knees because the ankles play an important role during the foot motion. The impacts are spread more effectively between the different joints: hips, knees, ankles.

The benefits of walking for your health

This low-impact discipline for the joints actually provides a perfect combination of sport and health benefits. The cardiovascular exercise lies within the target zones for losing weight (between 70 and 75% of the heart rate reserve).

Fitness walking also improves your pace and breathing capacity… A visible benefit in all your daily activities.

Do fitness walking training with the Decathlon Coach application

To help you on your return to physical activity, Decathlon has created a free smartphone app for monitoring your outing in real-time. This makes it more simple to monitor your training programme and more motivating.

The application measures your distance and speed, manages your heart rate and measures the calories you expend. A website that is connected with Decathlon Coach allows you to download your data so that you can analyse and compare your sessions. Ideal for checking out your progress!

Restarting a physical activity with fitness walking training programmes

 However, this is not all, Decathlon also offers specific training plans for fitness walking on the Newfeel website. These programmes are tailored to each level of ability and the different objectives (weight loss, 10,000 paces per day, etc.)

By monitoring these plans, you can stay on track at every stage of your progress So, try out the following programmes right now 6 km in 1hr, getting fit, beginner weight loss.

Given all the special features mentioned, fitness walking would appear to be the ideal activity for progressively getting back into sport after a long break. To get you motivated, don't hesitate to use the Decathlon Coach application. You can follow your progress during the sessions provided in the fitness walking training plans.

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