‘Do not wait; the time will never be ’just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.’ Napoleon Hill Click To Tweet
We can all appreciate that all the beginnings are a bit challenging and if possible we put off the start of it as much as possible. Starting a walking routine definitely fit into the delaying part especially a walking routine for beginners.
If you are new to walking and you would love to start a routine but you do not know how or where to start, you are in the right place. Many of us have been in your shoes and I hope that you would find the information in this article useful to you, as it is a kind response to the questions raised and challenges met when I was struggling to start a walking routine.
However, if you are not a beginner but you hit that point where the monotony settled in and you want ideas to spice up your walking workout routine, then look no more as I think we might have the ideas to help you challenge yourself.
Whether you are thinking to start your walking routine solo or accompanied, as a beginner or a long time rambler it is always fun and modern to think about a walking route planner. Of course, not everybody finds them necessary but you can always have a look on the internet and see if it is an option that you might want to explore. Nowadays, you can also install on your mobile a walking route planner app to help you navigate wherever you decide to start your walking routine.
Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
When is the best to start a walking routine?
No matter the season and the weather outside, there is no better time to start your walking routine than NOW.
If its spring time, then take take advantage that the bitter winter cold is gone, making room for the spring blossoming of nature, and use your weekends exploring the beautiful outdoors. It is the perfect time to start a walking routine. In this way, you have the whole spring to get into the groove and be in great shape for the summer.
If its summer time then it is a perfect time to start your walking routine NOW. What better season to start something new? When the sun is bright and shiny, clear skies up above, lovely birds singing and enjoying the warmth, along with the beautiful fields full of growing crops, in a variety of colours which is a blessing to the eye.
Summer is the perfect season to start walking as it opens up a great number of places to walk around. You can start taking long walks around the river, or immerse yourself for a day in the depths of the forests and/or parks, not to mention the best bits of walking on the beach, bare foot, with the sand crawling from underneath your foot as soon as the waves crush into you.
Autumn is also an amazing time to start your walking routine. It is the time when everything kind of gets back to normal. Summer holidays are gone, the kids are back to school, all seem to get more settled into routines. So use this time to start a new routine, that will benefit you greatly mentally and physically.
It it scientifically proven the fact that the trees contribute greatly to our mental health. It has been said that walking among trees and hugging them increases our levels of hormone Oxycontin, which is responsible for feeling calm and emotional bonding.
And lets be honest: we all want some of that!!!
So, take advantage not only of this calm and bonding benefits, but also of the beauty that the colour of autumn gives, with its multi colour leafs ever changing, and spend as much time in the forests or any tree habituated areas.
And the last, but not least, winter is a great time to start your walking routine. It is now, that you can spend time outdoor and enjoy the frozen beauty. If you are blessed to live in an area with four clear seasons, then you can enjoy lovely walks in the snow, which will also benefits for strengthening your muscles as your body uses more energy to keep itself in balance. Do not forget to stay yourself safe and do not adventure in unsafe and isolated places to avoid falls and other injuries.
Nevertheless, warmer places are great to enjoy starting a walking routine in the winter. If living in the cities or populated villages, you can take advantage of the shorter days and have some lovely walks in the evening enjoying the city or village lights.
I personally find the winter walks very refreshing. Bundled up, walking up and down the streets, unplanned meeting with people, clearing up my mind and planning my next day, makes an evening winter walking routine the best way to end a day and be grateful for everything just before going for a nice and deep sleep. Similarly, if you are rather a morning person, you can use this time for ‘Me Time’. Not only for the physical benefits but also the mental one.
I would also like to emphasise again the importance of walking in the parks and forests as recent research shows that 2 hours a week improves greatly the mind. So choose this places for a more relaxing and energising walking routines, away from noise and pollution.
Every Walk Starts With One Step.
As mentioned above, there is no right or wrong time to start walking, nor there is the best way or wrong way to do it. We must appreciate that as human being we are all so unique, therefore different approach appeal to each of us. We also respond differently when we start our walking routine.
Something that works brilliantly for some, might not work at all for you. For example, I am not very good at sticking to a plan, to a schedule so I need to find different types of adventures to motivate myself. Whereas, my friend could use the same type of walks over and over again and be happy about it. Of course, because we are friends and enjoy exploring together we need to compromise and/or find options that are exciting for both of us in order to be happy and keep enjoying every walking adventure.
Furthermore, there is the thing about solo or with company. You must decide which option is best for you. If you are not sure, it is worth trying a few options.
Go solo. As I mentioned before, using your walking routine to sort out your thoughts, clearing out your mind and/or planing your next day, week, etc. might be what you want or need. In this case, going solo is the best option as you wont get interrupted by necessary chatter from your companion.
However, if you are not comfortable or find it awkward to walk on your own, having a dog with you is always handy, as they are very happy just walking along without disrupting your train of thought. And even they are know for their capacity of cheering you up and pushing you more to challenge yourself and adding up to your miles.
If you are not a dog owner, but you would like to try out this option you can always look for a relative, friend or neighbour that is willing to lend you their pet friend.
Go with a friend/family member. Walking routine can be a perfect time to catch up with old friends or family members. It is a good way to spend your time. Not only you can enjoy having a walking routine but also incorporate a personal ‘me time’ in it where you can spend time with people you love.
You can use this time to spend it daily with the same person, or you can schedule each day a different person, which would be a great way to keep in touch. Lately, we hear more and more of the damage of the mobile and internet to the human relationships. So, how wonderful would be if instead of phoning up or emailing friends and family as a way of keeping in touch, you will meet up for a nice walk and have a real face to face and side by side interaction. The benefits would be great. This method is one of my favourites as it gives me a variety for my walking routine. As I mentioned earlier I find it boring to use the same track daily for walks so I rather meet up different friends at different places and enjoy variation throughout.
So, do not forget. Eliminate monotony. Spice things up.
For example, you can opt for something very specific and time limit such as 30 day walking routine to lose weight. These programs are very popular in the last years as seem to be great motivators, especially if you have an event to go to and want to be in better shape. Again, you can do this on your own, ask a friend to do the walking with you o join a group to help you keep to the schedule.
All We All Need Is Willingness And Determination.
Start small, build it up slowly and enjoy every bit of it. Do not forget: it is not a competition, it is life’s adventure. Even 2 minutes extra every time or 2 steps extra each time you walk it’s a great improvement.
Start a walking routine that it is customised to you and stick with it, not because you have to but because you want to and you love it. You create it so be proud of yourself.
Sometimes, when you are new to something it is hard to start, sometimes you do not know where and how to start so we are giving you our tips on how to start your walking adventure.
10 Tips On How To Start The Walking Adventure
- If you are a more city-oriented person, there is no better time to start your walking adventure sightseeing in new locations.
- Whether you want a solo adventure or spend time with family or friends a weekend getaway can bring you lots of fun and relaxation.
- Also, because it is your adventure, you can plan the trip you really want as there are not single but multiple ways to spend your time and get the most out of your trip. For instance travel arrangements (car, train, bus, and aeroplane), finding the right accommodation (tent, B&B, air B&B, hostels, hotels, etc), planning routes and pubs.
- However, if you are planning to travel solo and not very confident to do so and you would prefer the company of others, there are lots of planned groups online. A simple Google search can help you find the guided option that is more suitable to your taste. The guided walking adventure is also very good to help you enrich your social circle as you will meet lots of different people and you will have the chance to make friends with those that share your values and interest.
- If you are new to this, you can start by walking leisurely daily for half an hour or so, to get you in the mood. You can ramble over the city or stroll on the country lanes.
- It is a good idea for beginning to alternate between gentle walks and brisk walks, just to get your body moving and used to the different speed. In this way, you will also learn what type of speed is suitable for you.
- Start exploring nearby first. You do not necessarily need to travel miles to have a great experience. Start researching your area and then expand to further locations.
- You can use walking in daily multitasking, such as walk leisurely, shop, spend time with family and friends, commuting (save money on transport). Anything can go as long as helps you stay active, relaxed and enjoying every bit of it.
- If you want to explore further locations you can choose to weekend walking. Whether you want to escape the city and connect with nature, or you want to explore other cities for their culture, architecture and night-life, the real catch is to make memories and be alive/feel alive.
- There are some basic clothing and equipment needed for walking outdoors.
- First, the most important is appropriate footwear; waterproof walking shoes or walking boots, depending on the type of walk you are planning (local or weekend away, maybe hill walking).
- Second is waterproof clothing. Also, regarding the clothes, it is best to use layers so you can adjust accordingly to the temperature. Insulating clothes (fleece) are ideal to keep you warm.
- The third is the planning kit, such as a map, compass, whistle, etc. so you will know how to find your way around. You can find everything you need on Amazon.
Do not give up once you started on your journey of improvements. Think about this: If a toddler would give up after the first fall, he would never learn to walk. So do not pay attention to any of routine fallback. Just pick yourself up the next day and start again. Practice makes perfect.
In today’s world there is a continuous movement, hectic life and seem that is never enough time. But if we want to be happy, each of us can make time once a day for our wellbeing. One hour a day for each of us, to relax and enjoy being, to be grateful for everything we have in our life and dream of more. Remember what Henri Frédéric Amiel said once: “The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.” Click To Tweet
Be free and true to yourself. Start a walking routine to discover yourself and reshape your life.
No matter the weather the experience will be unforgettable. Get out there, experience the British weather. Rained on or blown away it only makes you feel alive and enjoy the iconic walks in many spectacular locations.
As a final note just wanted to share with you a little bit of a joke in a quotation that I came across and thought that it will be a good ending for this article.‘My grandmother started walking 5 miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today, and we don’t know where the heck she is.’ Ellen DeGeneres Click To Tweet
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Until next time,
Yours, Oana & Paula