Walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. Yet we often overlook this as we hop, almost on autopilot into the car for those short trips.
Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to lose weight and become healthier. So why don't we do it more?
- I don't have time
- It's not far enough to be of benefit
- I'll walk next time
All things we tell ourselves when we do feel that little prickle of guilt.
So how can we help ourselves to get the health benefits that just three 10 minute walks a day can give us?
Before you start:
Any shoes or trainers that are comfortable, provide adequate support and don’t cause blisters will do.
If you are walking to work, you could wear your usual clothes with a comfy pair of shoes and change shoes when you get to work.
Check that you are walking fast enough:
A brisk walk is about three miles an hour, which is faster than a stroll.
One way to tell is you are walking briskly is if you can still talk but cannot sing the words to a song.
What if I'm not very active?
If you are not very active but are able to walk, increase your walking distance gradually.
Look at which local journeys you can replace with walking. Start off small, build up and celebrate the milestones you make along the way. If you take the bus but your goal is to walk all the way to work, shop or college why not start by walking one stop and increase the distances as you go.
Listen to music:
Walking while listening to music or a podcast can take your mind off the effort. Music can also get you into a rhythm and help you walk faster.
Find a walking app that suits you.
Make it a habit:
The easiest way to walk more is to make walking a habit. Include ways to walk in your daily routine, examples include,
- Walking part of your journey to work
- Walking to the shops
- Using the stairs instead of the lift
- Leaving the car behind for short journeys
- Walking your children to school
- Walk to meetings where applicable or make your meeting a walking meeting
Find ways to fit walking into your social life:
- Doing a regular walk with a friend
- Going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner
- Take a walk at lunchtime
By Nicky at 12 Apr 2018, 09:00 AM