The great thing about walking is that you don’t need any specialist equipment. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes, ideally a pair of trainers.
We asked personal trainer Gina Hemmings to share her 6 simple steps to successful walking.
1. Start slowly
If you’re not used to exercise, walk 10 minutes from home and then turn around and walk back. Increase this by a minute or two every day
2. If you're not slightly out of breath, it's not working
Make sure that you feel slightly out of breath and are perspiring slightly. This is a good indication that you’re walking at the right pace.
3. Gradually increase the intensity
When your walk starts to feel easier, increase the intensity by taking longer strides and swinging your arms by your sides.
4. Consider walking on a treadmill
If you have knee, hip or joint problems, consider walking on a treadmill as they are cushioned which helps to reduce the impact on the body.
5. Look for soft ground outdoors
If you’re walking outdoors, you might find it more comfortable to walk on soft ground instead of pavements.
6. Wear thin layers
Wear thin layers so that you can take something off if you get too warm. Depending on the weather and the distance you’re walking, you might also want to carry a bottle of water, a snack, sunscreen, a sunhat and a waterproof jacket.
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