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Walking for Health Day 2 – How you can easily incorporate more walking into your routine

If you have been wanting to get all the health benefits from walking, but struggling finding a way to fit it into your routine, we can help! Here are some super easy tips that will help you walk more each and every day.

Walk Instead of Drive

A simple way to get in a few more steps each day is to walk places that are within a reasonable walking distance. Sure, if you are getting a week’s worth of groceries, walking back from the shop isn’t convenient. But if you are running an errand that is a 10-minute walk from your house, why drive?

Consider all the places you drive to that you could easily walk to. This might be picking your kids up from school, dropping a book off at the library, or going to Starbucks for a quick cup of coffee. There are probably many missed walking opportunities in your regular schedule.

Take Your Dogs on Longer Walks

Many people with dogs often just let them out in their back garden and get some sunshine (not so much sunshine at the moment), but walks are important for them and for you! Most dogs love going on walks, whether it is a light stroll once a day, or you take them to the park for longer walks.

Consider going at least 1-2 times a day where you don’t just let your dog out, but use that as an opportunity for a longer walk. Take a different route, find a local dog park, or head somewhere quiet that you know dogs are allowed.

Get Your Family Involved

A super easy way to walk more without thinking much about it is to involve your family in the new routine. Walking is so much easier to do when you aren’t going alone and only have yourself to rely on when it comes to motivation. Maybe your partner or spouse wants to go in the evenings, or your kids want to walk with you over the weekend. Grab some friends on your lunch break at work to walk for a few minutes after eating lunch.

Please just remember that at the moment as we are in national lockdown, we can only walk with your family that live in your household, your support bubble or one member from another household.

Start a New Morning or Nighttime Routine

When you are working on improving your morning or nighttime routine, you can easily add a short walk to it and it becomes its own form of self-care. This makes it easier to add to your schedule, and since it is part of your routine, you don’t even really have to think about it. It becomes such an easy way to get more walking in.

As always, you can also use a pedometer or fitness tracker that will not only tell you how much you are walking, but send alerts throughout the day after you have been sitting for a while.

If you live in Calderdale and struggling to find a walk please visit https://crewheartsupport.co.uk/selfguided-walks/ for a wide variety of self guided walks.

Big changes start with small steps

Sophie Chevolleau

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