Someone once told me that it takes – 7 days of repetitive behaviour to form a habit, it has always stuck with me and I have put it to the test over the last few years.
Walking is a fantastic way to get active, lose a few pounds and to get fit. Walking can help build stamina burn an astonishing number of calories (if my watch is to be believed) and it definitely gives you a healthier heart. My GP has noticed an amazing difference.
Make walking a habit in your everyday life is easy to do – we just have to make the switch and stick to it.
I always remember seeing the author of “The French Diet: How French Women Eat Rich and Stay Slim” on television and she said that many apartment buildings in France don’t have lifts and this helped keep French women in such great shape. At this point I stopped driving down to the supermarket and started walking, to the gym too. It took a bit of planning and more time, but it helped me get fitter. I also stopped emailing people at work and walked to see them, this helped my new habit, but it also meant people were a lot nicer to me and more willing to do the things I was asking of them.
Join a walking group – walking with like-minded people makes it enjoyable, pack some delicious food and take that time out you really do deserve it. Get those dates fixed in your diary and don’t let anything stop you getting out walking with that group.
If you can – try walking to work, you could wear your usual work clothes with a comfy pair of shoes and change shoes when you get into work.
The NHS also agrees that making walking a habit is a good idea.
“The easiest way to walk more is to make walking a habit. Think of ways to include walking in your daily routine.”
So give it a try – consciously make walking part of your life for the next 7 days, swap a few usual routines where you would usually drive, get a lift or use public transport and get out walking.
7 Top Tips to make walking part of your everyday life.
• walk part of your journey to work
• walk to the shops
• walk up the stairs instead of the lift
• walk and leave the car behind for short journeys
• walk the kids to school
• walk with family after dinner
• Walk with a hiking group
If you live in a city, Walkit has an interactive walk planner to help you find the best walking route. Each suggested route includes your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving.”
Please let us know how you get on, can you make walking a habit ? Do it for the next 7 days and see.
See you out on the hills
Director of Path2Peaks