With the rise of exercise establishments focusing on HIIT workouts, pilates and boxing, walking has become an underrated form of exercise. However, walking is a great inclusion for those who can’t commit to a gym membership but want to increase their activity! It is free, easy to do, a great way to socialise all while being easy on the joints – what is there not to like?
Just 30 minutes of walking per day can add 3000-4000 steps onto your daily count and can boost cardiovascular health, strengthen your bones, improve your balance, and also reduce excess body fat. Another important benefit of walking is that it can reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Melbourne-based personal trainer, Hannah Tucker (owner of @TuckshopFitness), says “walking is the most underrated concept in the health and fitness industry. Hitting a minimum of 10,000 steps a day not only burns extra energy but it gives your mind and soul some time to itself. It de-stresses you and has many benefits on both your mental and physical health.”
Hannah has put together the below tips to get you walking and improve your health today!
A great way to increase your daily steps and get your 30 minutes of exercise in is to do it with a friend! Rather than grabbing a coffee and sitting down for half an hour, get the coffee to go and walk whilst you catch up on your lives. If you’re walking alone, find an interesting podcast to listen to whilst you walk!
Whether it is a pedometer, Fitbit, Apple watch, or anything that has the ability to track your steps, being aware of how many steps you take each day is a great way to improve your awareness of how much you’re moving your body. This in turn will motivate you to keep doing better! 10,000 steps a day is a great goal to aim for.
The best way to ensure that you’re walking most days is to make it a part of your daily routine. Find a time that works for you and keep it consistent throughout the week. Scheduling your walks into your weekly plan keeps you accountable and ensures that your 30 minutes of exercise doesn’t get forgotten about in your busy schedule.