Walking is arguably one of the best and easiest forms of exercise. Not only does it strengthen your cardiorespiratory system and maintain the function of your body, it is also great for boosting your mood.
Just 30 minutes a day, five days a week can improve overall health.
The steps you take throughout your day can soon add up. To add a few more here are our top tips:
Walk to/from work
Ok, so this isn’t always possible for those who commute but alighting a stop before your regular one will increase those steps.
Invite friends/family for a picnic
Instead of spending Saturday morning in your PJs on the sofa pack a lunch and invite some friends/family out for a walk. We are not talking hiking across Dartmoor here, unless that is what you like do to’ but meeting up for a leisurely hour walk, a pit stop for lunch and a walk back is not only a great way of getting those extra steps but also a great, and free way to catch up.
Utilise your lunch break
Now the weather is finally warming up, why not eat your lunch outside? Almost all of us have a nearby spot outside where we can eat lunch, take advantage of this and breathe in some fresh air. If you are one of those that don’t, simply take a short stroll around before returning to work.
Going shopping? Park your car midway through your usual shopping route to increase those steps. Why not park at the start you ask? Well, those bags can get rather heavy so to lighten the load drop them off mid-shop. Chances are you will enjoy your trip more knowing that halfway through you won’t have to lug those bags around.
Instead of sitting in the car or the changing room, go for a walk. You don’t have to go far, just around the block. This way you are still close should you be needed, and you will be adding to the step count with minimal effort.
Create a walking challenge
Now the sun has made a lasting appearance getting out is both cost-effective and a great activity for everyone. There are many walking groups on social media, but you can create your own by simply inviting a few friends along. Once a week pick a time and destination to meet and get walking! South Devon offers lots of beautiful walking areas that are easily accessible, pram friends and free.
Most experts agree that any amount of walking is beneficial. Walking is not a competition of who can do the most but who enjoys it the most.