As winter weather gives way to warmer temperatures and sunshine, you may feel motivated to restart or reinvigorate your exercise routine. Walking has been proven to have many benefits for mental and physical health including improved mood, strengthening of muscles and bones, reduced risk and management of chronic illnesses, and even improved immune function! Here are some tips to help you plan a walking routine this spring:
Get the right gear. Choose flexible shoes with proper arch support and a firm heel. Wear comfortable clothes and if you are going to walk when it's dark, make sure to wear reflective clothing.
Accumulate 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day: Finding it hard to set aside time for the recommended 30 daily minutes of exercise? You can split that time into short 10 minute increments throughout the day to fit your schedule.
Warm up, stretch, and cool down. Walk slowly for about 5-10 minutes to warm up your muscles, and then pick up the pace. At the end of your walk do the same to help cool down your muscles, and try to stretch afterwards.
Make it a family affair. Walking is a great family activity or next time you are watching your child's practice, do so while walking around the field!
Find your tune. Music may inspire you to go longer and work harder. You can also use the time to catch up on a good audio book or podcast. Remember to keep the volume low and use one ear bud to remain alert to your surroundings.