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These 'shoes' are made for walking

And that's just what they'll do

Walking is a great way to exercise. It costs nothing, it’s suitable for most people, and it gets you out and about.  

I love walking. I take a quick walk around the block during the day if I can manage it, but I always make sure I get out after I get home from work. I find it’s a fantastic way to relax after a long day at work.

For me the important thing is to get changed and put my walking shoes on as soon as I get home. If I sit down, or get distracted by others, the opportunity disappears.

I grab my MP3 player, put on a podcast or music, and head out. The fresh air, the exercise, and listening to something interesting is a great mood booster.

On the weekend I like to explore new areas, so I hop in the car, pick up a friend, and we walk in a park, the bush, in the CBD, at the beach. This keeps my walks interesting, and I also have the benefit of discovering new places.

If you don’t exercise much, walking might be a good way for you to build up your activity levels – though be sure to talk with your doctor first to get the all-clear. Then start slow.

Try walking 30 minutes a day on most days of the week and you’ll really notice the health benefits. It can help you lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, it can lift your mood, help you get a good night’s sleep, improve your bone and joint health and increased heart and lung fitness.

If you can’t walk 30 minutes at a time, break the walking up over your day. Three 10 minute walks, six 5 minute walks…it all adds up.

Walking tips

  • Wear comfortable, appropriate clothing and shoes.

  • Warm up and cool down to prevent injuries or pain.

  • Make it social – walk with a friend, your family, kids, the dog.

  • Listen to music, audio books, podcasts.

  • Make it a part of your regular routine – go at the same time each day – e.g. after/before work, after lunch.

  • Explore new places to walk.

  • Take a water bottle – it can be thirsty work!

  • Track your walking with a pedometer or fitness activity tracker.

  • Increase the distance of your walks and intensity of your walks over time.

  • Take your walk inside if it’s raining or a hot day – walk in a shopping centre, around the office, around your house.

  • Join a walking or bushwalking group.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your walking shoes and get out there!

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