Walking tips for beginners
If you'd like to fit more walking into your life, here's a few suggestions to get started…
Join a walking group
Walking in a group is great way to start walking, make new friends and stay motivated. There are a number of groups who get together to walk in and around Doncaster. Many people join walking groups not only to be active, but to make new friends along the way. There are walks and groups suited to all ages and ability.
Find local walking groups here: www.getdoncastermoving.org/walking
Keep yourself entertained
Listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks can keep you entertained while walking. Join your local Doncaster Library and download the app for hundreds of free audiobooks at your fingertips.
Small changes add up
Changing small habits can make a surprising difference to how much walking we can fit into a day and might have you moving more than you'd think – that could be walking the kids to school, fitting in a quick lunchtime walk, parking a little further from your destination and walking the rest of the way…we all have different routines and what works for one, won't work for all. Take a moment to think about your own routines and where you might realistically be able to fit a few more steps into your day.
You might benefit from keeping your walks local to start off with – even if you've lived in the area for a long time you might still find local footpaths, landmarks and walks near you that you didn't even know about. Many people explored their local area more during lockdowns, and found that they were surprised at what they discovered on their doorsteps!
If you have not walked distances for some time, it's a good idea to start slowly and increase the length and pace of your walk gradually. Start with a 20 minute walk, and aim to walk at least three times a week - or build up to it at your own pace. By moving more, you may begin to notice a positive difference to your energy levels and how you feel. That can be a great motivation to keep going!
Try the Active 10 app
The NHS Active 10 app records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). The app tracks your steps, helps you set goals, shows you your achievements and gives you tips to boost your activity.
Find out more about the Active 10 App https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/get-active/
Walk with a friend
Going walking with a friend can help in lots of ways. Many people enjoy the social side of going for a walk and a talk, and it's also a good way of encouraging each other to keep going and making it part of your regular routine.
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