Frequent exercises are the key for good health. And it doesn’t always have to be a long and heavy lifting or marathon session. Even the simplest exercises can give you significant health benefits.
That being said, a simple walk every day can help you achieve the healthy body that you’ve always dream of.
And to give you a head start, here are the best tips for successful walking exercises.
Choose the right shoes for your feet
One of the most important factor when it comes to walking is having a suitable pair of shoes. Make sure the shoes have a good fit on your feet for comfortable walks. Depending on your feet, you should choose shoes with suitable insoles. And if the included insole isn’t comfortable, you can always remove it and replace with a new one.
Shoes that come with good arch support, as well as heel protection, are always recommended when it comes to walking exercise. Moreover, your walking shoes will not require too many reinforcements and should come with relatively light weights.
Invest in quality walking jackets
How to choose a walking jacket? Well, first of all, you should look for jackets that are made from soft and light materials. It should also have good breathability to help to maintain your body temperature after a long walk.
Always remember to warm up
Not having a proper warmup before any exercises, even the lightest ones, can and will lead to injuries. You should start with a normal tempo before start increasing the speed so the body can adjust properly.
Maintain a good form
Make sure your spine is always straight with your ears above your shoulders. Bend your arms at 90 degrees and keep swinging them follow your movements. This help propels your body to healthy motions as well as keeping a good balance.
You should walk slowly with small but constant steps. Make sure the heels land on the ground first before your toes.
Turn on the music
From my experiences, walking while listening to fast-tempo music is one of the best ways to enhance your performances. The strong rhythms of a song encourage your feet to move faster following a beat. As a result, you can earn more from listening to music while doing your walking exercises.
Tracking your performance
Always remember to carry a pedometer to calculate the distances that you’ve walked. Having a complete track of your walking results can help you plan the schedules for the next walks. Not to mention that it’s also encouraging to look at your previous accomplishments.
Set a goal first
It’s always easier to put your shoes on with a clear planned goal for your walk. Make sure you set up your particular goals for the next walking session be to go out and do it. This helps to clear your mind from distraction as well as boosting your confidence.
However, don’t set goals that you’re not able to achieve, at least in the time. Instead, focus on possible goals and divide them into small bite-sized pieces.
Go for a morning walk
Morning is the best time for a walking exercise. A successful morning walk will boost your energy and confidence for the whole day. It also allows for more productive work performance. On the other hand, most people tend to feel tired and mentally exhausted for an evening exercise after a long day of work. So doing a morning walk should be a better choice.
Go to bed early
And to prepare for your morning walk, you should definitely go to bed at early hours. Or else, you’ll feel extremely tired in the next morning, and wouldn’t be able to continue this healthy habit.
And even if you’ve gathered enough will power to get yourself out of bed, I’ll still feel tired throughout your running session.
Switch up your routes
Constantly walking on the same track can be quite boring. So you should vary your routes every once in a while to spice things up. Who knows, you might discover interesting routes with exciting friends.
Don’t forget to carry a water bottle
Though it is not as demanding as running, walking still make your body dehydrated. So don’t forget to carry a small water bottle with you during your exercises. And don’t drink too much water at once since it can cause your stomach to feel unwell and reduces your performance.
Stay indoors during stormy days
Instead of going out and facing the dangerous winds, you should stay indoors and work on the treadmill during stormy days. And if you don’t have a treadmill, there are tons of other callisthenic exercises for you to practice. Just don’t skip your training.