I. Attention Getter: If any of you are anything like me, you tell yourself all the time that you are going to start exercising more and get back into shape. But then comes the excuse that you just haven't had the time. Well I am going to tell you how you can do this simply by walking.
II. Listener relevance link: You probably are an extremely busy person and by the time you get done taking care of the kids, the husband, the house, and the dog, you have forgotten yourself. According to Dr Michael Pratt of the Centers for Disease control and prevention in Atlanta, Americans in general don't get enough exercise; 60% of Americans are not regularly active and 25% of Americans spend the majority of their time sitting.
III. Speaker credibility statement: Last summer I began walking in my neighborhood and last semester I took the class and started walking on the track in the gym here on campus.
IV. Thesis Statement: A walking workout provides many health benefits for people of all ages.
V. Preview: I will briefly explain about the benefits of walking, the FIT Formula, the components of a walking workout, and some benefits of walking for seniors citizens.
I. First main point: There are several benefits that come along with walking on a regular basis.
A. If you walk at a brisk enough pace and maintain a high enough heart rate you will gain cardiovascular fitness.
B. Walking tones the leg muscles and strengthens tendons, ligaments, and cartilage of the joints. It strengthens the heart and bones, and may slow down osteoporosis.
C. Walking can improve ones self image and decrease depression and anxiety and it also helps control appetite and burn fat.
D. Regular exercise for people over the age of 55 can give a more positive mental outlook and increase the chance of remaining indefinitely independent.
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