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Walking – a simple solution

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best and when it comes to increasing physical activity, walking is absolutely brilliant.

  • You don’t need special training, equipment or gear.
  • With the right clothes and footwear, you can do it any time of the year and in any kind of weather.
  • It’s a great way to spend time with your spouse, your kids or a friend.
  • It can take you out of doors where you’ll get the added benefit of being in nature.
  • It’s free!

Even though you are probably already doing some walking and you could decide just to walk when the urge strikes you, it’s better to have a plan. Go to Small steps, big rewards for more information on how to keep yourself on track and motivated.

The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association has given us permission to post their excellent introductory guide to walking .

For keeping track on your progress, there’s nothing better than a pedometer. Why?

  • It gives you immediate feedback.
  • The steps you do as you go about your daily routine count just as much as the steps you take during a walk.
  • It is reminder of just how active you really are – there’s no way to fool a pedometer!
  • It helps keep your motivation up.

Pedometers can be tricky – check out how to get the most out of a pedometer:

The “father of medicine”, Hippocrates, said that walking is man’s best medicine. And today we have the results of many large studies which show just that:  walking both prevents and treats a wide range of health problems. Watch what another doctor – in the 21st century – has to say about walking. It’s a great 9-minute lesson on the benefits of walking.

According to Dr. Evans, the greatest health benefit from walking comes in the first hour. Each hour of additional walking still has health benefits, just not as much as the first hour.   This means that getting started is really important – those first steps really matter. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that 1 hour is enough – it’s not. Aim for a minimum of 2.5 hours per week.

Not enough time?  Not convinced?  Listen to walkers themselves and get inspired!

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Walking in groups