Walk to Fitness


Regular walking is perhaps one of the best forms of activity as it is at a moderate intensity and therefore it impacts positively on the risk factors for heart disease, obesity, diabetes and even some cancers. Perhaps one of the real benefits is that people perceive exercise as relatively easy, so they are more likely to get up and go out for a walk as opposed to visiting a gym.

Walkers report that they feel better about themselves, have more confidence, are more alert and enjoy better sleeping patterns – surely that’s reason enough! Also, while it’s true that walking doesn’t burn calories as quickly as jogging or other high-intensity activities, dozens of studies have shown it to be a very effective weight-loss tool.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that brisk walking is very effective for reducing deep abdominal fat, the most dangerous kind of fat in terms of heart health.

Get Going this Christmas & New Year

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that a person should accumulate at least 30 minutes of
moderately intensive physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Next month we will show you how to challenge yourself further each time, by introducing variety into your walks, using new walking techniques and even perhaps trying a slow jog for some.

“If someone has not exercised for a while, I suggest that they start with 30 minutes, but then build up to 50 minutes by the end of the Christmas holidays,” says Elaine.

“This means that they are starting the New Year with good habits already in place!” Remember that it is always sensible to talk to your GP before embarking on a new exercise programme, particularly if you have a history of medical problems.

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.