If you’re like me, chances are you haven’t exercised much in a while? You want to be proactive about your health and wellbeing and you’re constantly looking for ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine? Maybe you’ve been advised by your doctor to move around more? Whatever the reason, you want to do some form of exercise, right? Well, they say walking is the perfect low impact way to exercise. We know it’s easy, it doesn’t need any special equipment, and most importantly you can start at whatever fitness level you’re at.
But how do you start walking especially if you feel you’re not in the best of shape? Well, how about these 8 tips for encouragement:
Tip #1.:Start small – a 10-15 minute walk around the neighbourhood is usually best start. Work your way up from there depending on how you feel each time after your walk.
Tip #2: Invest in a pair of comfortable shoes – a good pair of shoes will go a long way. No need to cut that stroll short coz your shoes are killing you!
Tip #3: Identify places to go for your walks – a local park with a nice path you can walk on, or if you’re close to the sea perhaps a walk along the beach. Anywhere you fancy really.
Tip #4: The weather doesn’t permit walking outside? Hop on the treadmill or head to your local mall and walk. You can even walk in place at home in front of your TV. Either on the treadmill OR as you’re sitting on the couch at night watching TV, you can get up during commercial breaks and walk around until your favorite TV show comes back on. If you’re watching say a DVD or Netflix, perhaps take a 10minute break in between episodes and walk in place. If you have an office job, challenge yourself to stand during the entire show. Time will fly while you’re having fun watching TV and moving.
Tip #5: Mix up your route- walk in different areas of town, or visit different parks – just for fun…
Tip #6: Invite a friend to come along with you. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to. Besides, having a walking buddy keeps you accountable.
Tip #7: Grab your phone or iPod and listen to music or audio books as you walk. Time goes fast – before you know it, you’ll be at your destination.
Tip #8: And if you like to push yourself more, how about a pedometer or your fitbit watch to check those kilometres daily?
The main thing is that you get out there, move around, and get some exercise in a way that works for you and doesn’t hurt your body. Give it a try, see if you don’t start to feel better, happier, and stronger after a few weeks of regular walks.
If you’re already in great shape, good for you! However, walking can still provide an effective workout if say you walk fast or you incorporate some hills/mountains and even stairs.
Remember, it takes a lot of determination to build that habit. Check out my last article on relationship between habits and will power. Would love to hear how you get on with your walking if you do try the tips above..
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