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.
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.