The best exercise to meet the body's need for regular aerobic activity is walking, especially if you do it vigorously. I recommend daily walking as an excellent form of exercise because it requires no equipment, everyone knows how to do it, and it carries the lowest risk of injury. Even a walk around your house is better than being completely sedentary. If you can, walk for 30-45 minutes a day, an average of five days a week, and try to include some stretches of uphill and fast walking to get your heart and respiratory rates into the zone where engaging in conversation becomes a bit difficult.
I enjoy taking walks in my labyrinth, a meditation device constructed at my personal ranch in Tucson, early 2005. When I walk the concentric circles of stones, I not only derive exercise benefits, but a centering sense of peace as well. What is your favorite place to walk?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Fitness on a Budget.