Walking its free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people HATE walking. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs. There are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.
Growing up our parents were all keen walkers, at the weekend we used to go on family walks which at the time we hated! We didn’t understand why our parents enjoyed walking and we certainly didn’t agree when they said ‘come on it will be fun’.
Now we go on walks all the time exploring new places whether this is in the beautiful countryside or exploring the streets of a bustling city. If we have the option of walking or using transport we will always choose walking.
A walking workout will help strengthen your heart and lungs whilst also toning your legs and bum (Bonus). Walking is a great way to help maintain a healthy weight and strengthen your bones and muscles both of which are incredibly important.
Last year we each purchased a Fitbit so we could keep track of how many steps we were taking in a day, working in an office can reduce your daily step count dramatically so we wanted to make sure we met our daily target of 10,000 a day every day. The Apple Iphone also comes with a ‘Health’ app that will tell you how many steps you walked in a day.
Ways to make your walk more enjoyable
- arrange to meet your friend for a walk, this way you are less likely to cancel as you have made a commitment.
- Explore new places
- If you are walking on your own try listening to some music or a Podcast.
- Phone a friend and have a catch up (time will fly by)
- Pack some healthy snacks and water if you are going on a long walk.
Get outside and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.