Getting Started For A Walk
If you’re reasonably fit and active and don’t suffer from a medical problem that will affect your ability to exercise the easiest way to get motivated and make a start is to walk right out of your own front door. Yes – as simple as that. Do a circuit for 5-10 minutes around the block along a familiar route at a normal, comfortable speed. Then turn around and come home. Having to travel somewhere first, whether it’s a park or out to the countryside, requires extra effort and organisation and is easier to put off. So try it right now. It could change your life forever!
Keeping It Up
Don’t think that 10 minutes isn’t enough to begin with. It’s a start. If you’re happy with a short walk, keep to this time most days for a week or so before increasing your time to, say, 15 minutes a day, or perhaps two 10-minute walks each day. Alternatively, if you feel that 10 minutes is far too easy for you, move straight on to the following 7-Day Walkout Plan. Although walking is a low-impact, moderate exercise, it is still possible to overdo it. If you treat your body gently at this stage and walk within your own fitness ability then you will find it easy to build up a fitness routine that you can keep up for the rest of your life. Pushing too hard at the beginning is one of the first reasons for giving up exercise routines.
What is a brisk pace?
A brisk pace is a pace which is a little faster and needs a little more exertion than your normal walking pace, let’s say walking quickly to catch a bus. If you’re walking with a partner take the Talk Test – if you can’t hold a conversation without getting out of breath then you’re going too fast. So slow down a little to a pace which is more comfortable. The Talk Test is a good guide at any walking pace, from a moderate to a brisk, aerobic pace and it will ensure that you never over exert and injure yourself.
Stepping up the pace
As your pace increases, you’ll be turning your walking schedule into a walking workout, to view a chart which helps you determine the speed of your walk.