With each season change there is a new opportunity to refresh your mind with new goals and habits. One great habit to introduce this spring is walking!
Walking is a highly beneficial, low impact exercise that anyone can add into their daily routine. Some of the many benefits include:
- increasing cardiovascular fitness
- increasing muscle strength
- improving endurance
- promoting healthy posture.
Tips for walking this spring
- Set goals: by setting realistic goals, such as a 20-30min walk each day you will be able to start slowly to ensure you have the best chance of achieving your goals and also to allow your body to adjust to a new habit.
- Schedule it in: pick a time that works well for you and schedule it in to ensure it becomes a priority and not just an optional activity
- Get a walking buddy! Reach out to a friend and make the commitment to hold each other accountable
- Set future goals: increase in time or number of steps as you get more comfortable with your walking habits. Maybe you could start off doing a brisk 2,400 steps or 20 minutes of walking and increase it to 3000 steps or 30 minutes. Start with something you are comfortable with and increase as your fitness improves.
- Be safe! Wear sun-protective clothing, a hat and sunscreen and don’t forget a water bottle!
- Ignore your phone on your walk to give yourself a chance to reset and also to avoid poor posture by looking down at your phone
- Warm up and cool down to avoid the risk of injury. Stretch out a bit during your walk for best results.
Don’t know where to start?
Here are a few suggestions for walks to do around Brisbane:
- Kangaroo Point to West End via Southbank
- Brisbane River Walk, New Farm
- Mount Coot-tha Summit track
- Banks Street Reserve, Newmarket
- Jindalee to Rocks River Park
- Or simply around your neighbourhood!
Wherever your location or fitness level, let’s get moving this spring! Remember it takes 21 days to form a habit, so get walking today!
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