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Walking is something that can be great for our health. It’s low impact and something that is simple. We can often take it for granted and not realize the great benefits that it can offer us.
I know, I know, we all would rather be sitting on the couch binge watching Netflix but hear me out. Walking (or hiking) can be a great way for the whole family to stay fit, as well as be a good thing for weight management and loss, as well as improve heart health, and help positive mental health. When we don’t exercise much, it can lead to an early death, so even just walking for twenty or thirty minutes a day can make a difference. Changing a few things in your day and your routine can be a big benefit and get you walking even more. As always, be sure to speak with your doctor about your specific health and find out about adding walking to your exercise routine.
If you need some advice and some tips to help you to get moving more, then check out these 4 ways to motivate yourself to walk more.
Set a goal and tell people
Having some accountability over your health and exercise is important and can make a big difference in how much you do. If you don’t tell anyone, there will be no one to ask you how things are going. It could be that you are going to measure your step count and aim for over 10,000 each day. Another goal could be to walk at least 4 days a week or a specific distance. Decide on a goal and then tell people, so that you’re more likely to make it happen.
Get comfortable walking shoes
There are a couple of things that will stop you from achieving the goals that you have. It starts with not having the right tools for the job because then you just won’t even start. One of the first things to do is to make sure that you have a comfortable and appropriate pair of walking shoes or training shoes that are sturdy, waterproof, and are comfy for you to walk in. If you’re in pain, you’re just going to stop and give up. If you need to get some custom orthotics for your walking shoes then that is something important to think about. Make things easier for yourself and it will all be positive steps towards moving more.
Don’t drive to places that are walking distance
Technically everything is walking distance, some places may just take you a lot longer to get to than others. LOL For your location think about where it is close enough to walk, and where it would be too far. Of course, walking takes longer than driving, so it is definitely something to consider as you have to allow extra time. But when you plan out your day or your week, get yourself up a little earlier if you could walk the kids to school or you could walk to work. It will make a difference to your life when done regularly.
Join a walking group
Sometimes we need to treat going for a walk like going to the gym or to a class; it needs to be scheduled in. So if that works for you, the good news is that there are things like walking groups that you can join. Pick one at a time and place that suits you and then book it in your calendar. Alternatively, find a walking buddy that lives in your neighborhood. You can hold each other accountable to your exercising goals. And accountability means it is much more likely to happen.
Walking has so many health benefits. With this type of low impact exercise, just about anyone can participate. As long as there is somewhere safe to walk, this exercise is accessible and can be enjoyable. Be sure to use these four ways to motivate yourself to walk more and if you have some tips and hints, please share in the comments below. I’d love to add them to this list!
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