Walking is good for your health
Walking is a near perfect exercise that can be enjoyed by almost everybody and can be performed almost anywhere. You do not need any special equipment, and best of all it is free!
How far do I have to walk to see the benefits?
Experts recommend that we should aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five days a week. However, the good news is that this does not need to be in one session, you can break this down into two 15-minute sessions or even three 10–minute sessions throughout the day. Don’t forget that any exercise is better than none!
Walk as much as possible – every little counts!
How do I start?
- You don’t need any special equipment, but it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes (you don’t want to end up hobbling home with a blister!).
- Layer up! You know what our Great British weather can be like, you don’t want to be strolling around in a vest one minute only to be caught up in a snow storm the next (it could happen!).
- Make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!
- Start gently and build up slowly, as your fitness improves. If you are not used to walking, start by simply doing ten minutes twice a day.
Top tips to increase your walking levels
- Make it a date – put a date in your diary so that you have time to go for a walk. Experts have found that the best way of sticking to a training routine is to put it in your diary.
- Park further away – if you park 15 minutes away from your work, you will walk 30 minutes every day as part of your working day!
- Take the stairs whenever possible instead of a lift or escalator.
- Keep your car keys under your walking shoes, to remind you ask yourself if you could walk the journey instead.
- Avoid sitting for long periods at work – take a break at least every half an hour and walk around the office.
- Build a walk into your journey to work – replan your route, so that you take more scenic routes for variety.
- Walk the children to school, this will also save you the expense of driving or going on the bus, and it is good exercise for your children as well!
- Plan a walk with a friend instead of just meeting for a coffee – keeping each other company can keep you both motivated.
- Involve the whole family – walking is a good form of exercise for everyone, and is a great way to explore the countryside and surrounding areas.
- Revel in reading time – why not borrow or download audio books from the library and listen to them whilst you walk?
- Wear a Pedometer – experts say we should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day (about five miles). Wearing a Pedometer will enable you to see how many steps you have taken, and encourage you to try to walk further each day.
Let us know if you made it out for a walk this week, share your walking pics on Instagram we’d love to see! #CWPfitfam