We were designed to walk for miles and miles to hunt and gather our food. Yet, in modern society, we spend most of our time sitting down.
That is not great for our bodies, and it can lead to a host of health problems. Luckily, walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise and it has great health benefits to counteract all that sitting. This is probably one of the most important reasons to make an effort to move around and go for a walk each day.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. Most of us sit it the car to work, sit all day in the office, we eat sitting down, and to be honest all we want to do when we come home from work is sprawl on the sofa for a Netflix marathon until bedtime.
In other words, getting and staying in the habit of going for a walk each day can be a bit of a challenge. But that’s exactly what we need to do. We need to get in the habit of going for that walk just like we’re in the habit of brushing our teeth twice a day or taking out the trash on Tuesdays.
Once it’s a well ingrained habit, it won’t be as much of a challenge to make sure you go for a walk each day.
Pick your route
A great place to start is to find a walking route you enjoy. It helps to make it as easy as possible. Your favourite walk may offer beautiful vistas, but if it’s a 30 minute drive there and back, you’ll be less likely to do it every single day.
Instead, save that walk for the weekends and come up with something convenient and pleasant for your everyday walking routine.
If you can, find a route in your own neighbourhood so you can leave right from your front door. Just lace up your shoes and start walking.
Taking the same route every day helps form that habit. It’s also encouraging to notice that you can walk the same loop faster or with less effort over time. It proves that you’re making a difference and are getting stronger and increasingly fitter.
Catch up on media
Listening to your favourite music, podcast or audio books is also helpful. It will make the time go by faster and give you something else to look forward to. You can even use your favourite media as a way to bribe yourself to go for your daily walk.
Let’s say you have a couple of podcasts you enjoy. Save them for your walks and only let yourself listen to them while you’re walking. It’s a great incentive to get out there even on days when you’re not feeling it.
Last but not least consider walking with other people. Find a walking group in your area, or talk a friend or neighbor into becoming your walking buddy. Not only is it more fun to walk when you have someone to talk to, it also has some built in accountability. Itís much easier to skip a walking workout when you know that other people are waiting for you and relying on you to join them.
Give these tips a try and see if they help you make walking a daily habit and an integral part of your health, your fitness, and your life.