The health benefits of walking may not be immediately obvious to you, so why not monitor your progress over time? Set yourself targets and as you gradually begin to build up the pace and distance that you are able to cover, you will see your fitness level improve.
Monitor how far you walk daily with a pedometer and set yourself targets
Try including regular walking trips into your routine, such as walking to work once or twice a week instead of driving or taking the bus
Time how long it takes you to walk a regular route and see if you can reduce it
Walking can be a fun and enjoyable experience if you approach it in the right way. If you don’t enjoy walking long distances then walk little and often. If you’re uncomfortable walking late in the evening then try walking at lunchtime. If you find walking boring then take a friend along. Once you’ve found a walking pace and style that’s right for you, you will be more inclined to keep it going.
4. Be safe
Whether you’re planning on going for a short walk to the shops at lunch, a five mile hike in the countryside at the weekend, or you’re making your daily evening commute home, there are some basic safety precautions you can take to make sure you stay safe when you’re out and about:
Always ensure that you know the way and stick to well used and well lit walking routes, particularly if walking alone or at night. Be prepared to change your route if you feel unsafe for any reason.
Make sure someone knows where you are and when you expect to be back. Carry a mobile phone, map and some change for public transport with you if possible.
Take a sensible approach to the weather. Check the forecast before you set out and dress accordingly. You should always have a waterproof jacket and sensible walking shoes, but you may also need a hat and gloves if it’s cold, or sun cream if you’re going to be outdoors for a long time.
Make sure you have plenty to eat and drink. Even if you’re just out for a short walk, carrying a bottle of water is advisable to make sure you stay hydrated.