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30 Jan 2004

health walker
I was wondering if the health walker that is advertised on the infomercials really works to help you loose weight and tone and firm up. Does it lend itself towards giving the muscles that long lean look or does it make your muscles bulky?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Sash

All forms of exercise will help with weight loss and firming up - the key is to actually do the exercise. The Healthwalker, just like all other machines that promote exercise, would be enough provided you used it regularly and consistently. The problem with many of these home exercise machines is that they are a convenience, and this means that you don’t need to fully commit to using them, because you know they will always be there. That’s why often, people buy them and then after a few weeks, they start to gather dust. However, if you use them often and regularly, then just like running, cycling, swimming, any other cardio exercise, they will have results.

One thing that also helps is to use the machine in combination with another type of exercise. Here you can consider activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, swimming etc. If you mix your activities, then it gives you variety, and breaks the routine. It also allows you to get out of the house to exercise. It is important to exercise between 4 and 5 times a week, for a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes each session. It is also ideal to work at a moderate to hard intensity, but for a longer duration. You should aim to do these sessions at an intensity that allows you to complete the session without feeling completely exhausted, but having worked up a good sweat and feeling that your breathing and metabolic rate are elevated. A moderate intensity is certainly the way to go - if you train too easily, nothing will happen, and if you train too hard, then you soon become tired and burned out. So, aim for an intensity that will allow you to finish a session and recover by the next one. If you feel like you are carrying a whole week's worth of training in your body, then you are traininig too hard. Other than intensity, the rest is easy - you just have to go out and get those sessions in. Of course, if you are just starting out, then I would suggest starting off by training every other day, and possibly for only 20 minutes. THen you should aim to build up gradually until you reach the 30 to 45 minutes, 4 or 5 times a week mark.

As for the bulking up, the Healthwalker is not a resistance training machine, in that you are not pushing against a specific weight or resistance other than your body weight, so it's a lot like walking, running, cycling etc.. The bottom line is that you won't build muscle, but will tone and lose weight, again, taking into account all the above mentioned factors.

Good luck
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