For me, walking is the perfect exercise.
It can be done anywhere and anytime. There rarely are any walking injuries. It doesn’t take any special equipment and you don’t need a membership. You can do it alone or with someone. Regular walks also Help prevent heart disease.
Despite its many advantages, people I talk to often find it hard to get into the habit of walking. I can understand that. It takes a little (very little!) planning to make it an easy habit.
The secret to good walks, is making it as easy as possible. You shouldn’t have to plan for every walk you take. Just put on comfortable shoes and start.
Okay, so where should you walk? This is where the planning comes in. Decide how long you want your daily walks to be. They should take no less than half an hour. At least when you are in the habit. If half an hour sound long to you, start shorter and add to it until you can easily walk for more than 30 minutes.
When you have decided how long to walk, look at a map and plan a route that you can walk every day. Start and end it where you live. The route doesn’t have to be perfect the first time. You can change it whenever you like. The point of having a route is that you don’t have to think about walking when you walk.
If you like listening to music, put on your headphones and start a long enough playlist when you leave the house. If audio books or podcasts are more your thing, play that instead. The point of something to listen to, again, is to take your mind off thinking about walking.
Now, hit the road! Best is if you walk at a pace where you get your heart pumping, like a brisk walk. You don’t have to get sweaty though.
Set a daily time when you take your walk. Use reminders if you have to. Walk the same route, the same time, every day. That’s all there is to it.
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Best regards, Niklas 🎈