Walking Tips that Everyone Can Use
Get your steps in and learn some helpful suggestions before your next walk.
June 15, 2021
Parks & Recreation
Before you go:
- Get some good, supportive walking shoes to lessen the chance of injury along trails. Waterproof options are great for our climate.
- Bring water to stay hydrated if planning on a lengthy walk. Park water fountains remain closed during Covid-19, so best to bring your own. Don’t forget Fido if walking the dog!
- Find a walking group to join. Meeting new people with a common interest makes walking more enjoyable. Learn more about walking resources in Surrey.
- Connecting with others while walking is beneficial to mental health. Even phoning a friend while walking is valuable if you can’t connect in person.
- Walking can be a form of meditation. Noticing the sights and sounds of nature is highly beneficial, not to mention the increased oxygen coming from the trees and plants.
- Walking after dinner can aid digestion, control blood sugar and boost metabolism.
Step it Up a Notch:
- Walk with light weights to burn more calories.
- Create a playlist of quicker tempo music. You’ll get your heart rate up as you walk along.
- Set a goal, whether it’s to increase your daily or weekly steps, number of kilometers covered or number of parks you visit. Reaching your goal is fun and keeps it interesting.
- Train for a charity walk. It provides a goal and purpose to keep you motivated.
- Consider a walking holiday when travel resumes. Walking holidays and treks are popular in the U.K. and many parts of Europe.
Walking with Families:
- Make a game of it for kids! How many interesting plants, bugs, flowers, etc. can each child find along the way. Take photos too.
- Connect with other families…new Moms. Great way to catch up while being active.
Walking for Seniors:
- Consider walking poles for added stability along hills and trails. The top of the handle should be at waist/hip level and your elbow at 90 degrees.
- Always have a phone with you for added safety.
- Try an outdoor walking track. The rubberized surface provides cushioning and traction with every step.