Walking works wonders for your wellness and is an activity that is available to most able bodied people, regardless of their fitness levels or ability. Walks can be adjusted to suit almost anybody; whether you have tiny tots in tow or are training for a four day hike. There are few excuses when it comes to upping your step count in the interest of health, so get your walking boots on and put your best foot forward.
Here are four ways to walk more.
Lunch time strolls
Make an effort to get outside over lunchtime, whether that means popping out on a lunch break, or taking the kids out to stretch their legs, or whatever you're normally doing at around noon each day. Press the pause button and head out on foot, embracing the elements getting the blood flowing.
Plan weekend walks
Walking is a fantastic way to explore an area so get the maps out and start planning routes. If weekdays are busy, then you may schedule in a long walk at the weekend with a friend or partner. It can be a really good way of spending quality time with someone; being immersed in nature, with no pressure to maintain a conversation.
Why not set yourself a challenge to complete a series of walks in a certain area over the coming months. It might be handy to have a paper map for this, so as to be able to plot where you've been in a physical format.
Trick yourself into extra steps
There are lots of sneaky ways to increase your step count over the course of a day, or a week even. Adopt the ethos of 'take the stairs not the escalator' and adapt to other everyday situations. For example, if you're going shopping then park further away from the shops (which is normally also cheaper) and into town, or get off the bus before your normal stop and walk the rest of the way. Keep count of the steps you do in a day and you'll notice how much of a difference these little 'tricks' make.
Not only do pets bring immeasurable joy into our lives, they also motivate us to be more active. Taking the dog out for lots of walks is something you have to do when you have a furry, four-legged friend to consider. This means no excuses, so both your physical and mental health are whipped into better shape.