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Simple tips for successful walking exercise

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.

  1. 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. 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. When your walk starts to feel easier, increase the intensity by taking longer strides and swinging your arms by your sides.
  4. 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. If you’re walking outdoors, you might find it more comfortable to walk on soft ground instead of pavements.
  6. 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.

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575

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