The great thing about walking is that you don’t need any specialist equipment. However it’s important to wear comfortable shoes, and a pair of trainers is ideal.
We asked personal trainer Gina Hemmings to share her 6 simple steps to successful walking.
- 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.
- 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.
- When your walk starts to feel easier, increase the intensity by taking longer strides and swinging your arms by your sides.
- 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.
- If you’re walking outdoors, you might find it more comfortable to walk on soft ground instead of pavements.
- 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.