I recently went for a lovely weekend break to Yorkshire (picture coming very soon I promise). I was really worried about having a whole weekend away from running as I thought it would affect my fitness. I spent a lot of time walking during the weekend and ended up doing a full day of hiking over the moors which to my amazement actually worked my body a lot harder than running.
If you’re too busy to work out or if you can’t face a run then it may be just as beneficial for you to go for a long walk. You don’t have to set aside dedicated exercise time to go for a walk just add it into you plans – walk to the shops or a friend’s house. One of the best ways to judge whether you are achieving results through walking is by wearing a pedometer. Remember: that a 30 minute walk is better than nothing.
The NHS suggest the following physical activity levels according to your age:
- Children aged under 5 years should do 180 minutes every day
- Young people (5-18 years) should do 60 minutes every day
- Adults (19-64 years) should do 150 minutes every week
- Older adults (65+ years) should do 150 minutes every week
How often do you go for a walk?