10 Things You Must Know Before You Start Walking Routine

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‘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.

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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

  1. If you are a more city-oriented person, there is no better time to start your walking adventure sightseeing in new locations.
  2. Whether you want a solo adventure or spend time with family or friends a weekend getaway can bring you lots of fun and relaxation.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Final Note

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

 Please, if you like what you have read, share and like this article so other people can benefit from it. ❗

 

Until next time,

Yours, Oana & Paula

12 Replies to “10 Things You Must Know Before You Start Walking Routine”

  1. These are some great tips and good advice on what to consider as you prepare to start a walking routine. The 10 you mention are all pertinent and helpful and as I read through each, I could not help comparing myself to what I am doing, whether good or bad for each.

    Most certainly getting out there and starting is the key first step. Too many talk the talk but never walk the walk (no pun intended). I have always been an advocate for getting exercise, but as I have gotten older, some of the more jarring type exercises are too much.

    Walking is an excellent exercise that anyone can do with no harm to their body, as long as they follow the guidelines that you mention. Dressing properly, picking a route that will keep you motivated, walking in groups if needed, and mixing up a brisk walk with ones that are less so all will help you get started and keep going. 

    I really enjoyed this post, I think you have motivated a lot of people with this great article on 10 things to do before you start a walking routine! 

    1. Hi Dave

      I love your comment.

      Before writing it I was worried that people might think that those tips are known by everyone as its common sense so I should not bother with it. But then I met a friend who said that she would love to start walking but she does not know where and how to start so she is always giving up even before starting. So, after telling her about my view and what it worked for me she worked out her routine and start walking. 

      I was so pleased that I knew I have to put it in an article. 

      Paula

  2. Hi there,

    thanks for sharing a post on why starting to walk today.  

    I have tried to do it multiple times, but I cannot seem to get out of my chairs and start walking.  Ok, I am a principal and do quite a lot of walking during the school day, but it is not planned walking and I should be doing it.

    You state that it is important to start small and every single step is an improvement. 

    I think that is my major problem.  I want to achieve something big and then I end up not doing it anymore.  I want to walk 2 miles every day, and I do it for 2-3 weeks and then I find an excuse to not walk again, and slowly the routine is gone again.

    You mentioned some great tips to start walking today.  If only I would live in the city, I might consider walking for leisure, but I believe if I don’t walk on open land, I would likely not do it in the city again.

    Hope to improve soon,

    Oscar

    1. Hi Oscar

      Really nice to hear from you.

      My friend Paula has the same problem….get bored…I think this is what happens to you, too. 

      I would recommend you to try the following:

      – mixing up the routes (if you are not already doing that) so you will get excited about the unknown. 

      – use headphones and listen to something that you enjoy – in this way you won’t even realize all the walk you are having and will make you more relaxed.

      – find a friend, neighbour or family member to take on walks and catch up with them or just discuss the news.

      – get a dog – they are well known adorable companions and love to walk – if you do not do it for you will HAVE to do it for them.

      – check out the Meet Up group online – they organize walks and you can sign up – this will help you find new friends with the same interests and might lead to a private meet up, too. 

      Hope that the tips will be useful and please do not give up, especially with the spring coming. The outdoors are amazing ones the spring is here. 

      Oana

  3. This is great advice and good timing too, depending on where you are and the weather your dealing with will make or break this deal for me LOL.

    In New Brunswick its still pretty snow-packed, I go out to feed and water my chickens daily and find its a little hard getting around on the hard snow but I am still taking in the smell and the crispness in the air.

    I am looking forward to when the roads are clear and suitable for a nice walk with my kids, there is no end to nature here and every experience is very uplifting.

    Where do you prefer to walk, in the city or in the great outdoors?

    1. Hi Amanda,

      Nice to hear from you. I am in Uk and the weather is ok, no snow :). I prefer to go great outdoor but my friend 

      Paula likes the city too. For me, around the city is too loud and too many people, but this is just me. Because this weekend, the weather was a bit horrible, a lot of rain and windy,  we did not plan anything so we went around the city. Even I don’t like walking around the city, I really enjoyed my walks. How about you?

  4. This is great. I love hiking, but also enjoy walking around town, window shopping. You are so right, just start! Your advice about good footwear is really helpful, especially if you are going hiking. Hiking is a great way to spend time with family and it doesn’t have to be super long or a particular hiking spot, just walking around the neighborhood can be a great way to spend time with each other and reconnect. Where are your favorite places to walk? 

    1. Hi Erin

      Thank you for your comment and pleased that you enjoyed our article.

      My favourite places to walk are by the river. I am very lucky to live in a city with River Severn going through it, so there is my perfect spot. I also enjoy parks and countryside. I guess anything that it is a bit far away from the street traffic, as the car noise really bothers me. 

      My friend, Oana, loves hiking on hills and mountains so we try to balance it. Easy walks by the river, city and nearby places that I love during the week, and over weekends we go for hills or mountains as are Oana’s favourites. 

      As you said, anywhere, even around the neighbourhood, is great as long you have a good company or just enjoying yourself on a solo walk with your thoughts. 

      Let’s keep walking and experience the beautiful nature.

      Paula

  5. Hi Paula.

    What a great post. A few years ago I started a walking routine to help lose some weight. At first, I really struggled with motivation but I just kept kicking myself in the butt to do something.

    Fats forward a few years and I can’t imagine my life without my walks. Sometimes my wife comes along and we spend the time connecting and really discussing all sorts of things. This has strengthened our bond in a huge way. We spend more time really talking in depth about all manner of things.

    Other times I go by myself. Sometimes because I am feeling really lazy and other times simply because I want some me time. My longest single walk is about 35 klm’s in 6 hours.

    I highly recommend everyone find some time in their day to do a little walking. Your mind and body will thank you.

    All the best

    Ian

    1. Hi Ian

      I love your feedback and I totally identify with you. I wasn’t a big walker myself a few years back. I can still remember trying to find any other options for travel or to get anywhere but not walk. 

      Thanks to my friend Oana who kept pushing me to walk I know love it and use every opportunity to walk as much as possible. 

      It is funny sometimes when I walk alone and meet an acquaintance that offers to give me a lift (thinking that my car broke or missed the bus) and I refuse saying that I chose to walk many of them look at me a bit shocked and ask ‘why do you want to walk?’.

      I love having a weekend a year on my own by the seaside, where I can walk for miles and just reflect on my life up to that day and make plans for the following year. It is just so renewing that I would love to have it more often. But, then I will miss out on spending time with my family and friends as there are just so many days in a year. 

      Keep up the walk and enjoy the spring.

       Paula

  6. I liked the website. Lots of good tips and hints here, step by step route guide for the walks and plenty of good pictures. Would be impossible for some to get lost on these routes if they follow directions. 

    This is a subject I’m passionate enough about and have a business in the industry myself, so speaking from experience, yes on that side it’s not to be faulted. Or on any side really. I like the review of the power bank  too as it was full of all technical specifications and really went into the nitty gritty of the deice. 

    I’m wondering but about the 2 buttons though on your “route along cleeve hill” post giving me or any other visitor the option of tweeting about the power bank or the route? And wondering what’s to be gained from that for either party? Ok, if it’s personal friends you’d have do this to create traffic and discussion on your site, fair enough, and consider it done, but I just think the visitor will be thinking, 

    ” why would I want to do that? People I know will be asking me wha’s this all about, and I’ve no personal experience with either route or device”

    But then I don’t really do twitter much either, but am still always learning about it’s ins and outs myself. Does this somehow tie into the affiliate equation, so as to get more hits to your site and commissions? I’m just wondering about the rational behind these 2 buttons. 

    But on the whole, a nice and well put together website. A few more products with reviews like this for monetizing the site and you could be onto a winner. 

    Ps, for yourself.

    I’d recommend learning map reading and navigating skills myself, and could possibly teach you some day, or I’d be more than happy to send you some links where you can teach yourself, if you don’t know these skills already. I myself like to leave the devices behind as much as possible, just a thought, or an option.

     Leave the weight behind and go unplug in nature. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment at being able to do this is well worth the time to learn and practice it with map and compass, and the rewards are priceless

    1. Hi Niall

      Thank you for your feedback. You made a couple of good points so it is very helpful.

      The 2 buttons you mentioned were added by mistake as we rushed a bit publishing it. But there will be buttons in the future as we enjoy using Twitter. However, the buttons will mainly be used for quotations so hope there will be no more confusion.

      I totally understand your point of view about the route being straight forward, but we felt the need to describe our route for two reasons:

      1. In our experience, some people, especially those that are new to walking in places new to them, are feeling more comfortable if they know exactly each turn before actually start walking. Some are not good at reading maps so they love having a piece of paper from where they read the way.  Also, some do not own a map or/and do not want to invest in one as they are only doing small spontaneous walks after seeing a picture that they liked. So, with most of the places, there are few routes overlapping each other and if you do not know the place and do not have a map it comes in handy to have read about a circular and just follow it through.

      2. I know people which do not leave their house without their phone or people who just love or need to be staying in touch with friends and family, so I guess it is important to think of them too when we are talking about travel. We are all different and personally, I am with you, the walking experience is so much rewarding with technology free, but technology is part of our life today so I feel we need to incorporate it in what we do.

      Good luck with your website and looking forward to more feedbacks.

      Paula

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