You can increase your walking workouts by finding more ways to incorporate walking into your everyday life and by adding variety. Planning for inclement weather can also help you keep on track with your walking routine.
Try these tips to keep moving:
- Wear a pedometer. See how many steps you typically walk each day and aim to walk more, with a goal of 10,000 steps, or about 5 miles, if you’re able.
- Bring a friend and take a walk and talk. Being social surely makes fitness more fun!
- Walk your dog or even your kids at the same time every day and let their excitement - and expectations - motivate you!
- Plan a family hike on a nature trail near you.
- Hit the beach! Walking in the sand makes you work harder. Or if you’re not near a beach, walk outside instead of using a treadmill.
- On bad weather days, or if you don’t like walking outside, find a gym you like and walk on a treadmill or find a mall where you can walk.
Remember to consult your doctor if you are beginning a physical fitness program or increasing the intensity of an existing program. Your doctor can guide you on safe exercise levels based on your medical history, current fitness level, and physical fitness goals.