Why walking is the best exercise

February 24 2021
Why walking is the best exercise

Why is walking such great exercise?

 

As the lighter nights and warmer weather approaches you may feel tempted to take to the outdoors for a walk. Walking is one of the least expensive and most convenient ways to get fit, lose weight, reduce stress, and improve your quality of life.

As many of us are now working from home we have probably lost much of our usual routine, like the commute to work. Research from the British Chiropractic Association has found this has led to many of us moving less each day with the average Brit now spending 11 hours a day sat down and 42% of us struggling to get outside each day.

If you are looking to start running, walking is the first step on your journey. Getting in to a regular exercise habit can improve your chances of reaching any fitness goal.

Six steps to start you on the road to walking.

Step 1. Track your progress. Log the details about how long and how far you went on each walk and how you felt. You’ll draw confidence from seeing all of your walks add up. You can use an app or a notebook to keep track.

Step 2. Look after your feet Resist the temptation to just wear any old pair of shoes for your walks. Worn-out or ill-fitting shoes are one of the most common causes of injury. It’s worth investing in a pair of shoes that offers the fit and support you need.

Step 3. Dress for the weather  Wear clothing made with lightweight, technical materials that wick sweat away from your skin so you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and dry even when it’s wet outside. Anything that’s cotton will soak up moisture like a sponge, and keep you cold.

Step 4. Make the time Establish a routine which fits into the rhythm of your daily life. Consider the best time of day for you to walk and a variety of safe traffic free routes that you can take on a regular basis.

Step 5. Build a support system You may not be able to buddy up with a friend for a walk but you can connect with friends to share your progress, favourite routes and cheer each other along.

Step 6. Make a plan  Planning will help keep you on track to meet your goals, and ensure that you build up your walking time gradually enough so that you don't get injured.  You’ll also get a great sense of achievement when you cross off each walk you have completed!

 

Apps to help:

A simple pen and notebook can help keep you on course to reach your goal! As many people like phone Apps which can count steps or miles and keep you safe, we have listed some you may like to take a look at.


OS Maps: walking and bike trails from Ordnance survery, Keeping you safe while you explore the great outdoors.

MAP my walk GPS tracker by Under Armour: tracking and training tools for walking and running

StepsApp Pedometer: Counts steps and sets goals.

All Trails: masses of walks, just type in your location and it will give you loads of options