Once upon a time, we all had a habit of walking.
We were meant to walk for miles and miles to hunt and gather our food.
But in modern society, we’ll spend too many hours sitting.
That’s not good for our body.
It can lead to a variety of health-related problems.
This is as far as I am concerned the main reason for trying to move and go for a walk every day.
Of course, that’s often easier said than done.
Many of us sit behind a desk at our work.
And then we often eat (at least I did) with a plate on our lap.
Often people are so worn out that the only thing they want to do is fall on the couch for some Netflix binge eating.
In other words, getting and staying in the habit of going for a walk every day can be a bit of a challenge.
And speaking for myself again, it often isn’t easy to change one habit for another.
Charles Duhigg wrote an excellent book on the topic called “The Power of Habit.”
Even so, changing our practice is precisely what we have to do!
We need to get into the habit of going for a walk.
Just like we learned ourselves to brush our teeth twice or thrice daily or take out the trash on Monday.
Once it is a well-ingrained habit, it will not be as much of a challenge to make sure we go for a walk every day.
The habit of walking
1. A great place to start is to walk a trail you enjoy.
It helps to make this change as comfortable as possible.
If your favorite hike offers great views, but it is a half-hour drive there and back, then you are less likely to do it every day.
Instead, go for that walk in the weekend and come up with something useful and pleasant for your daily routine.
To get into this habit of walking, preferably find a route in your neighborhood.
Being able to start right from your front door will make finding excuses difficult ;-).
Lace-up your (Running / Walking) shoes and start.
I usually go for a minimum of taking a walk to the shops in our village to run an errand.
It’s only 1 km to get there.
I found it a sure-fire way to empty my head.
2. Taking the same route helps to form a daily habit.
It is also heartening to note that when you pick up running instead of walking, you can run the same loop faster or with less effort over time.
It proves that you are making a difference and are getting stronger and fitter.
3. Listening to your favorite music, audiobooks, or podcasts is also helpful.
It will make the time go faster, and it is something else you can look forward to.
Use your favorite media as a motivator for you to go for a daily walk.
Let’s say you have a few podcasts you like.
Save them for your walks and listen to them while you’re walking.
It is a great incentive to get out there.
Even on those days when you would rather stay at home and skip your walk.
On my Android Phone, I use an app called Pocket Casts where I have all my favorite podcasts handy.
I love to listen to Abel James’s podcast Fat-Burning Man, Sam Harris Waking Up, The Rich Roll Podcast and The Tim Ferriss Show to name a few.
4. Last but not least consider going for a stroll with others.
Find a walking group in your neighborhood, or talk to a friend or neighbor to become your walking buddy.
I often tag along with my wife when she goes for a walk.
Not only is it more fun to go outside when you have someone to talk to, but it also has some built-in accountability.
It is much harder to skip a walking session if you know that others are waiting for you and are relying on you to join them.
Try these tips.
See if they help you make moving a part of your routine.
These daily walk sessions will have a positive effect on your health, your fitness, and your life.
I am sure!
I’ve been there, done that 😉