6 Easy Ways To Start Walking
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Why You Should Start a Walking Routine
Spring really is the best time to start a walking routine. First of the all the warmer weather just makes you want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and soak up the rays from the sun.
Spring is the perfect time to actually take action and do something about it!
Before you jump into any walking routine you want to plan out where you are going to walk first. Remember you don't want to overdo it either.
In addition to knowing where you want to walk you will also need a good pair of walking shoes. This is especially true if you have any leg, knee or foot issues.
Are you dealing with arthritis or do you keep getting plantar fasciitis? Both of these things can be difficult to deal with and wearing the correct shoes is extremely important.
Walking can be a huge benefit for anyone living with arthritis. It can help you get your mobility back and helps your joints feel less stiff and sore.
Walking is great for your health and is a fantastic way to get outside and meet new people. Are you ready to Spring into Walking this season?
How Far Should You Walk?
Now that you understand the reasons why you should start walking, let's take a look at how far to walk. Always remember that you will have to turn around and head home!
The distance that you walk will depend upon your fitness level and where you live. If you are accustomed to walking then, of course, you can walk further.
Is it possible for you to just walk around your block? This is a great way to get started and you don't have to worry about going too far.
Another idea for beginners is to just walk down the street to your mail box and pick up your mail.
It is best to start small and work up to walking a further distance. If you haven't walked in a long time then I would suggest walking for 5 to 10 minutes away from your home, then simply turn around and head home.
As your fitness level increases add on a few extra minutes until you are walking for 30 minutes each day.
You may also want to drive to a local park or beach and walk there. Many parks have walking trails that you can follow and they are often marked with the distance.
Just use your Smartphone and take a photo of the walking map trail. This way when you are walking the trails and get lost you can pull up your map and see the best way back to the parking lot. Used this tip many times myself!
The biggest benefit of walking with a group is that you are not alone. You have immediate company and this can be very comforting for different reasons.
First if you are new to walking you can get advice from experienced walkers. Someone in the group will stay with you so you don't get left behind.
Secondly if you don't like dogs, and many people do not, you don't have to worry about a dog racing down a driveway towards you.
Thirdly walking groups often get together and walk in scenic areas. So this can be a fantastic way to get out and explore your local community.
If you feel intimated about joining a walking group then you really shouldn't. Walking is easy on your joints and easy to get adjust to. You can simply slow down your pace when you get tired.
Many groups will have walks geared towards different fitness levels. There will be basic walks for those just starting out and then there will be hikes or longer walks for more experienced walkers.
Being part of group is a great way to stay motivated and to really make your walking a new habit this Spring.
Types Of Walking
There are different types of walking that you may want to try out. This includes small walks around your neighbourhood and longer more adventurous walks.
While it's wonderful to walk outside, Spring can bring with it lots of rain. You don't want to stop walking because of rainy weather, instead take your walking indoors.
You can easily do this by visiting your local shopping mall and go mall walking. You may be surprised how many people actually mall walking. You'll see lots of young moms with babies and toddlers and plenty of seniors. Mall walking is perfect for rainy days and for those days when it is just too hot and humid to be out in the sun. Malls have air conditioning – so you really have no excuse for not walking.
As you become an experienced walker you may want to try your hand at power walking. This is when you walk at a faster pace and usually in a more athletic way. It really helps you burn more calories and fat, so if you want to lose weight, add in some power walking bursts.
Walking trails and routes are great when you want to go for a longer hike. There are plenty of walking trails around the country and many of them offer scenic stops with places to picnic.
As you can see you have lots of options for where and how to walk. Your walking routine never has to become boring.
When it comes to walking equipment you have lots of options. Of course, you want to invest in a good pair of walking shoes or boots. Along with a Spring jacket and pants.
Once you have the basics you may want to add the use of any of the following items:
- Heart rate monitor
- Walking stick – great for hikes
- Walking Apps
A heart rate monitor is a fantastic way to reach and maintain your target heart rate. Great if you are serious about burning fat or for just improving your fitness level.
A pedometer is a wonderful tool that will allow you to track the number of steps you take each day. You can literally wear in on your hip from morning until night.
It is recommended that you aim for a goal of 10,000 steps per day. Fewer steps are suggested for beginners.
As with any exercise staying motivated to go on your daily walks can be a big issue for many of us. Something as simple as wearing a pedometer or heart rate monitor can really spur you on each day.
In addition you can find a variety of walking apps that can help track your progress and provide you with motivation. You will find many free and paid apps that can help take your Spring walking experience to the next level.
Walking is a healthy way to get fit for everyone. Older people can enjoy taking their grandkids for a walk in the park. Families can go on scenic hikes on holidays and enjoy a leisurely day out together.
Even for those of you dealing with joint related issues, walking can help you get mobile again. Don't forget to make use of things such as shoe inserts, these can help with knee and foot issues by providing lots of relief.
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