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A brisk walk can help you burn calories, lose weight and strengthen your joints and muscles. It’s also shown to help with digestion, boost your immune system and reduce your risk of illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. As well as your physical health, walking also has an amazing effect on mental health, giving you increased energy and boosting your mood. And these are just the start!
The occasional walk during the week or on the weekend, however, is not enough. To enjoy the many health benefits of walking, you need to be walking regularly and at reasonable pace.
The good news is, with a little planning, it’s easier than you think.
It requires no special equipment, no training and even better it’s free! So, what are you waiting for, it’s time to get walking!
Here are a few suggestions to help you making walking apart of your everyday:
Now it’s time to get out walking. I recommend starting with small walks and then building up. Set yourself a goal of walking a certain number of steps or a certain distance (if you have a tracker) or if you don’t, set yourself an amount of time to walk. Having a goal will help to keep you focused and motivated.
Now you need to keep it going. There are lots of reasons that can get in the way of your walking, if you let them. Hopefully, you’re enjoying your walking and that’s enough to make you want to keep going, but if not, then making your walking a habit is key. If it’s part of your routine, even when you’re busy, you’re more likely to do it.
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