One of the hardest things to do is to motivate yourself to get moving and exercise. You know that you need to do it, and you know that when you do do it, you’ll feel good for it, but getting up and getting out the door is not the easiest thing to do. Walking is the most effective exercise you could do to feel healthier and get moving every day, but you need a push. The good news is that we have all the tips you need for your life to be filled with movement. Let’s dive in and take a look at how you can get off the couch and stop being a potato.
– Challenge yourself with a walking event. There are so many ways to get out and walk but one of the best ways to do it is to pay for a walking challenge. You can sign up for challenge events and if you’re a beginner, choosing something “easier” like a 5K versus a marathon is the way to go. You need to train consistently to be ready for the walking event, but it is a good way to rev up the motivation and get out of the house! You’ll need to look for an event that is friendly for walkers and not just runners, and you can find that with a little search or two online and they are often local, too.
– Find a good walking workout. There are plenty of workouts out there that are designed around walking. You’ll start with specific times every day and you can get the ultimate personal trainer when you buy a dog. A dog will help you to get motivated to get out because they need to be walked twice a day at a minimum. You could invest in good dog ball launchers, too, and these will give you a chance to exercise as you throw hard over and over again. A walking workout is so much more interesting when you have a companion trotting alongside you, too!
– Get a fitness watch – any brand! You can feel like you want to get moving when you have a fitness goal to meet. 10,000 steps per day is the average that people aim for, and a fitness tracker also gives you the chance to connect to others who are looking for motivation and support, too. You can wear the device to count your steps and calories burnt, and you tend to pay more attention to the numbers on the watch.
– Bring a friend with you. The ultimate motivation for walking long distances is a friend who is willing to take on those distances with you. Chatting and walking often makes you forget what you’re doing or how long you’ve been walking for, which can help you to stay moving. You can, of course, join friendship and fitness clubs, but bringing one of your own friends can really help.
Walking will change your day, so why not keep it going and let it change your life?