Happy Thursday! One day closer to the weekend. I wrote most of this post back in July as a post entitled ‘Start Walking Now.’ With the year almost over, I know many people plan to start January with a fitness program. Why wait? Why not start walking NOW?
Here are my personal tips for getting started with a walking program. As always, get your doctor’s approval if you have any health issues.
- Walking is probably the best activity to get your started. You don’t need to belong to a gym or have any special equipment.
- Put on some good walking shoes.
- Grab some water. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE.
- Grab a friend, a ipod for tunes, a dog, or a child.
- Go outside and start walking (or hop on a treadmill if you have access to one).
Where should I walk you might ask? Your neighborhood. A park. If you are in Knoxville, check out one of the local greenways. A track at a school. A gym. There are plenty of places you can walk. You can even walk in place if you have to.
Now for some truth. Walking might hurt at first. If you are like I was before I started walking and the only activity you currently do is, well, nothing; then expect some pain. Your legs will hurt, your feet will hurt, your shins might hurt. EVERYTHING might hurt. This is because your body is not used to doing anything. Keep at it!!! This is normal. The more you do, the less it will hurt.
Try walking every other day at first. Gradually build up distance and speed. DON’T GIVE UP!!!!
I promise that the more you do, the better you will feel all over. You really will have more energy. Log your workouts somehow (an app on your phone, a paper calendar, excel, something). I love checking out my progress and seeing improvement. This helps motivate me.
Now some of you will say you don’t have time for exercise/fitness/activity. Check out my blog post about giving yourself 2%. Look at your calendar and find your 2%. Make appointments with yourself – and keep them!
That’s all there is to it. Make up your mind and get started. Know that there will be pain, but know that this is a good thing. Know that you are doing something good for yourself.
Today’s talking points: Are you ready to get started? Any advise for others?