Getting Started: Take a Walk

Step outside for some fresh air!

Taking your first step towards leading an active lifestyle can be as simple as simply walking around the block.

Walking is something that we often take for granted, but it’s a privilege that can be taken away should you neglect your personal fitness and health. There has been a significant rise in the use of mobility scooters over the last two decades, and it’s not just older people who are having to rely on them. Increasing numbers of younger, middle-aged people are finding themselves too overweight and, instead of adapting their lifestyles, they are looking for mechanical assistance in order to get on with their day-to-day life.

Whilst there are certain cases where mobility scooters are absolutely essential for those who have significantly reduced mobility, too often now they are being resorted to by people who feel they are too overweight to ever return to good health. Often the only thing that these individuals need is the right education and motivation in order to get themselves back on their feet, and shedding weight.

If you’re struggling to get yourself out of the house, or think that you don’t have enough time to exercise then try taking a look at our simple tips to for getting started:

Incorporate a short walk into your routine

Walking is the low intensity exercise that you never thought could help you! Just walking one mile a day burns 100 calories, that might sound rather miserly, but considering that one mile is only 2,000 steps, it doesn’t take long to start burning some serious weight. The best way to get out and about is by incorporating this walk into your day-to-day life: walk to the shop instead of driving, or get into the habit of taking a morning stroll round the block.

Wear suitable clothing

Help yourself by wearing the right clothing before setting out on your walk. Make sure that you’re wearing good trainers that have decent support and check the weather forecast before you leave, so you don’t get caught out in the rain. Although you may warm up once you get going, it’s best to put on some warm clothing if it’s a bit nippy outside.

Take some music for motivation

Listening to your favourite music can be a great motivation, especially if you’re finding it difficult to take that first step outside the house. Upbeat, positive music has been proven to help all kinds of athlete’s performance, so there’s no reason why it can’t help you. If you’d rather have something to pass the time with then you can always take an audio-book with you.

Bring water with you and some food

Water should be an important part of your day, regardless of what activity you’re doing. Drinking plenty of water has been linked with weight loss, but it’s also vital to take some whilst you’re exercising. When you exercise you can become easily dehydrated, take a bottle of water and a banana or cereal bar, so that you can stay fuelled up whilst you’re on the move.