Wintercan be a callenging time to keep active. Whether you’ve had an active lifestyle for many years or just wanting to kick start your fitness goals, walking is a great, low impact exercise that can easily fit into your life.
Start by setting yourself realistic goals of when you can exercise. If you know you can’t make it to the gym every single day, don’t promise yourself you will. You could start by saying ‘I will go for a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes, on my lunch break, at least three times this week’. The more planned and thought out your activity is, the more likely you are to stick to it.
The great thing about walking is that it is flexible and can fit around you schedule. Here are a few ways to incorporate walking into your everyday routine.
On the go: Parking a little further away from your destination and enjoy a brisk stroll into the shops or work.
Lunch time: Break up your work day, and go for a midday walk. It’s a great way to clear your head, refresh yourself for the rest of the day. Grab a buddy and head out together to keep each other motivated.
Meetings/ phone calls: Is your day filled up with meetings or long phone calls? If you’re able, suggest a walking meeting. An added bonus is that being outdoors can help generate fresh ideas by stepping outside of your regular environment to help spark creativity and open conversations.
Afternoon/night: An afternoon 30-minute walk can help you relax into the evening. Use a walk to catch up with family and friends all while feeling the benefits of walking and exercise.
There are many ways to incorporate walking into your day, it’s simply a matter of finding what works for you, sticking to it, and creating the habit of putting your health first.
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