After spending a good six to eight hours laying on your backside, there's no better way to start the day than by heading out for a walk.
More often than not we don't have as much time as we'd like to exercise. But this isn't an excuse to forego it altogether, especially if you want to walk the recommended amount of 10,000 steps every day. Even 15 minutes is enough time for a great workout so there should be no excuse to miss out.
Read our top 5 tips for making the most of your walks, and go work yourself up a sweat!
Top 5 tips for maximising your walking Return on Investment
Pep up your walking routine by varying the terrain and the type of walking that you do:
Try walking briskly for 1km, and then slow the pace down for the next two. Or speed up or jog for the middle portion of every 10 minutes that you walk. After a few sessions, you will be able to go further and further in the same amount of time making it a great option if you want to make the transition into running.
The hills are alive
Walking uphill is a very effective way of burning calories and improving your strength and stamina, and is better for the joints and balance than having to negotiate a downhill route. When walking downhill, take steady, smaller steps to prevent possible injury.
A change of scenery
Walk along the beach, go bush-walking, take the dog around the park, and weave your way around the city. Chances are you'll find a favourite location that you'll want to return to, but altering the scenery every now and again will open your eyes, and help you adjust to different walking terrains.
No, not walking in the nude, but grasping a trekking pole in either hand to help you to secure each footing. The poles also ensure that your upper body is getting a good workout, as the chest and abdominal muscles are used more than with a standard arm-swing. This kind of walking also alleviates pressure on the knees and ankles that particularly comes with walking on hilly or rocky terrain.
Round up a group of friends or colleagues, and fire off on all cylinders as you meet and walk for a good half hour. Collectively decide on a destination to look forward to at the end of your walk; perhaps a café in town or by the coast to finish off.café in town or by the coast to finish off.
Written by Cassandra Duell