We were designed to walk for miles to hunt and gather our food. But in modern society, we spend most of our time sitting down. This is not good for our bodies and leads to a variety of health problems. This is probably one of the most important reasons to exercise and go for walks every day. This is of course easier said than done. Most of us sit for work, we eat sitting down, and to be honest, all we want to do when we get home from work is plop ourselves down on the couch until bedtime for a Netflix marathon.
In other words, the habit of walking every day can be a bit of a challenge. But that’s exactly what we need to do. We have to get used to taking that walk, just like we got into the habit of brushing our teeth twice a day or taking out the trash on Tuesdays. Once this has become a habit, it will no longer be such a challenge to make sure that we go for a walk every day.
A good starting point is to find a walking route that you like. It helps to make it as easy as possible. Your favourite walk may offer beautiful views, but if it’s a 30-minute drive there and back, you are less likely to do it every single day. Instead, save that walk for the weekends and come up with something comfortable and enjoyable for your daily walking routine. If you can, find a route in your own neighbourhood so that you can start right from your front door. Just put on your shoes and go.
Walking the same route every day helps to develop this habit. It is also encouraging to notice that you can walk the same loop faster or with less effort over time. It proves that you are making a difference, and that you are getting stronger and fitter.
It is also helpful to listen to your favorite music, podcasts or audio books. It makes time go faster and gives you something else to look forward to. You can even use your favorite media as a way to bribe yourself for your daily walk. Let’s say you have a few podcasts that you like. Save them for your walks and only listen to them while you walk. It is a great incentive to go outside even on days when you don’t feel it.
Last but not least, you should consider going for a walk with other people. Find a walking group in your area or persuade a friend or neighbour to become your walking buddy. Not only is it more fun to walk when you have someone to talk to, but there is also a built-in sense of responsibility. It is much easier to skip a walking session when you know that other people are waiting for you and rely on you to join them.
Try these tips and see if they help you make walking a daily habit and an integral part of your health, fitness and life.
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