People walking in a park.

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.

While walking:

  • 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.