Walking is one of the best fitness routines you can undertake. It requires minimal gear, it's easy on your joints, and you can do it anywhere. There are only two rules you need to follow -- get started and keep going.
Just Get Out There
You don't have to commit to a marathon, just get dressed, put on some comfortable shoes and walk out the door. Plan an easy stroll down the block and back. You'd be surprised at how pleasant it is once you get going. None of the pain and sweat of running, but all the joy of fresh air and changing scenery.
Change It Up
Don't walk the same route every day. The scenery will get boring, and exercise will become tedious. Alternate between easy, flat routes and hillier, more challenging ones. If you have a loop you can walk, alternate directions. A slightly different view each day will keep your walks fresh and fun.
Listen to Podcasts
Portable devices are getting smaller and lighter each year. Load up your favorite tunes or podcasts and carry them along your walk. The distraction can eat up the time and distance more quickly.
Vary Your Pace
You should always start off slowly and increase your pace as you get warmed up. Only push the pace in the middle of your walk. Also, once you get going, swing your arms a bit more vigorously for extra calorie burn. As you get back close to home, start slowing down and relaxing your arms and shoulders. Vary your pace from day to day also. If you had a long, strenuous walk yesterday, keep today's walk slower and more relaxed.
Make sure your shoes and socks fit well. Use an adhesive bandage if necessary to prevent blisters. It is easy to wear too much when going out in the cold. Wear lighter clothes and dress in layers so you can adjust your clothing once you warm up. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses if it’s sunny. Walking is a great exercise. Smile at the people you pass by and they will smile back. You will feel great – promise!
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan