Walking is a simple, free and effective way of staying healthy and getting active. Walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels and it has been proven to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.
- Before you start make sure you have some comfortable shoes that you can walk in. There is nothing worse than setting off on your walk and realising the shoes you are wearing are going to give you a blister.
- Pace yourself – the great thing about walking is that you can do it at a speed that suits you.
- Don’t forget to do a few gentle stretches after a long walk.
If you find yourself getting fed up with the same walking routine why not mix it up and joining a walking group to help keep you motivated. This is a great way to meet new people, get involved in your community and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
There are plenty of ways in which you can add a walk into your everyday routine, regardless of how busy you are.
- Get off the tube or bus before you need to and walk the rest of the journey.
- If you drive to work, park further away.
- Try and be as active as you can around the house, by doing housework, cooking or even walking while on the phone.
- Find your local walking group.
- If you can walk your children to and from school.
- Set some time aside in your busy schedule for some exercise. Even if you have to split this up throughout the day.
- Try exercises such as yoga or Pilates as these can be adapted to suit the needs of people with different types of disabilities.
- Swimming is great as the water gives extra support to your body and reduces any strain on your joints.
Tracking how many steps you are taking a day has never been easier. However, One You’s app, Active 10 will help support you by not only tracking how long you have walked for but also how briskly. Active 10 is specifically designed to demonstrate your walking within 10 minute chunks making it easier and less intimidating to get active. The app is free to download and is available on android and IPhone.
Source – nhs.com