Let's walk the walk!
Fancy a walk? Walking for 30 minutes a day or more on most days of the week is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. It improves cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
Even better, it's an affordable kind of exercise that you can do anywhere.
You can keep your walk interesting by doing the following:
- Pick different routes so you don’t tire of the same sights.
- Time yourself! See if you can beat your own personal best times.
- Pump your arms and try to walk fast. You could even find a hill or stairs to get the heart pumping. This will all help to increase the intensity.
- Rope in a neighbour, friend, family member or a pooch to make it a social event.
- Walk at various times of the day. Sunrise, sunset, stars and full moons...the AM sights are different from those of the afternoon or early evening.
- Get a pedometer. These are inexpensive and help you keep track of how many steps you take in a day. You might be surprised at how few you get. The aim is to reach 10,000 steps or more.
- Drive to different areas, park the car and enjoy the views while you walk. From the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne to the Dandenongs and Williamstown Beach, there's plenty of lovely places to walk.
- Throw in some lunges and squats or do some push ups on a park bench to challenge yourself.
- Is it raining? Grab an umbrella or a raincoat or even just enjoy the rain on your skin. Or you could go to a local shopping centre and do some laps undercover.
I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes
my rage, forgetting everything.
~Pablo Neruda, translated