By Hilary Stringer, life coach & wellness centre owner
The easiest thing we can do is to start with baby steps. Whatever stride length you can manage, just put one foot in front of the other and see how it goes.
If you have health issues, you should consult your medical practitioner before doing any new exercise. But if you are in reasonable or good health, let’s have a look at how you can develop a walking habit.
Walk The Dog
If you have a dog, this is an easy one. Rather than letting it off the leash to run, commit to making more of the walk yourself. A bit more each day. The distance soon mounts up.
No dog? No problem!
Could you volunteer for your local animal shelter? Walk a pet for an elderly neighbour perhaps? Walk with a friend that does? They are really great company and will thank you for even the smallest of walks.
But I Don’t Like Dogs….
Still no excuse! Pretend you have a dog and walk like you would if you were accompanied.
Notice how they walk – it’s not straight line, hard marching. It’s a wander here, a sniff there, a rustle in the undergrowth.
You don’t have to start visiting every tree, but think about stopping frequently, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of where you are. The time passes very quickly when you focus on something else.
Give it a go. Notice how it feels. Celebrate being up and about.