Family and Consumer Sciences Education: Make Walking Fun

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   Walking is a fun, inexpensive way to include valuable physical activity in your day. It can be done anywhere, at any time. If you don’t shake it up a bit, walking may get monotonous. Here are a few ways to break up that routine:

•Walk with a friend if you usually walk alone. Or take your family. It may not be as fast, but others point out things you may not see, and make the time fly!

•Take a different route. See something new. Try watching a movie if you are walking on the treadmill. It will encourage you to walk longer.

•Use a pedometer or fitness tracker. Wearing one all day will be a gentle reminder to keep moving.  •Parking further away in the parking lot or taking the stairs will help.

•Listen to upbeat tunes on a portable device. Make an energetic playlist to help keep the pace while you are walking.

•Update your shoes and socks. Wearing ill-fitting or worn-out shoes and socks will make your feet sore, and can affect your legs, hips and back. According to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, most walking/running shoes need to be replaced every 300-500 miles of use. For example, if you are walking 2 miles a day – your shoes will need to be replaced about every six months.

•Keep a walking journal. It is motivating to see how far you have come–and helps you set goals.

•Hydration is important. Carry a favorite water bottle when you walk in warm weather. It can double as a weight until empty.

•Pamper yourself after walking by using a foot spa or using a great peppermint foot lotion to pamper those sore tootsies!

•Try a heart rate monitor/watch. You will know when you are working to your health capacity.