Walking Back into Exercise

by OneChicMom

For many of us, including myself, the start of the New Year is all about New Year’s resolutions. Usually, health and fitness based. Whether you want to lose a few pounds or get fitter, the start of a new eating plan or exercise plan usually is high on the agenda.

What if you are not used to exercising though, how do you ease yourself back in. I am by no means an expert, but I can share with you how I am doing it. Seriously it’s not ground-breaking, but just good old walking.

For the last month, I have been walking every evening, yes, even over Christmas. Armed with my Apple watch, a new pair of walking trainers and a couple of fitness buddies, my husband and the two dogs, we have been working our way up to a consistent ten thousand steps per day.

Walking Progress

To start with I struggled to do two thousand, to be honest, the dog was dragging me around, but as we have progressed we have been up to ten thousand now for just over a week, it takes us just over an hour.

Walking is a brilliant way to ease yourself back into exercise. It can help you burn fat, boost your metabolism and heart rate. It improves your mood, sleep and self-esteem. Studies show a pleasant walk can reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue, so I’m taking my trainers back to work for me, for a lunchtime stroll.

Dogs are great too, no matter the weather, they always appreciate an excellent walkie. Our two start to leap around like crazy when the walkies hour is here; the German Shepherd even fetches her lead.

So, if you want to get fit, but keep it realistic, for now anyway, stick to walking. Write yourself a walking plan for the week and stick to it. Make a note of your progress and times and don’t forget those little rewards for hitting goals too.

Happy Walking!

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