Learn to walk before you can run. And then keep walking, because it’s better for your health and belly fat percentage.
This is something I came to realize only last year.
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It was a time when I spent basically my LIFE at my desk, chasing dreams and butterflies. All that after I did an energizing and super fulfilling workout in the morning.
I gained some weight and a LOT of belly fat, even though I was also eating healthy(-ish).
After a few mild breakdowns I finally realized that to be healthy and stay in shape, I can’t just take shortcuts and compensate for doing something unhealthy (sitting for 9-10 hours) by working out daily.
I needed to invest some time and actually start enjoying being active throughout the day.
So I started walking and it worked.
Benefits of a daily walk
Whenever I remind myself I can take a walk today (and then actually do it), I am less stressed, happier, get more things done, I’m more creative and can actually eat pizza without it sticking to my belly.
Here are some of the most famous benefits of walking daily.
Walking is not just for “beginners”
Whoever you are, walking can help you too. Whether you’re
- a beginner and just starting a health or weight loss journey
- someone who works out & eats healthy(-ish), but can’t seem to lose weight
- or someone who doesn’t want to lose weight, but is just going crazy and can’t seem to finish anything at their computer.
Even if you’re super fit and live in the gym, walking can make a HUGE difference for you.
Whether you want to lose weight by only walking or to supplement your workout routine by going on daily walks, as a “passionate” walker, here are my best tips on how to make walking more fun, so you can go further every time and make it a habit you enjoy.
Walk and Get Fit: Tips To Help You Make Walking a Habit
You can take your walks in the morning, during your lunch break or after work – what time doesn’t really matter.
Remember: You don’t need to do all your walking at once (in fact I highly suggest you don’t do that).
Take one medium walk (for example 30 min) during the day to relieve stress and then try to stay active as much as you can throughout the day.
You can walk 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there, even 5 minutes will work, as long as you stay active at least for 5 min every hour (if you’re awake for 16h and walk 5min every hour you’ll walk 80min daily – not bad at all – small things do add up).
Okay, now let’s go.
1. Let’s Talk Shoes.
You won’t go very far if your shoes aren’t comfortable. Make sure to have shoes that aren’t too hard and aren’t too tight or too loose. I never really cared about shoes and am not super pain sensitive, so I can walk with shoes even if they make blisters on my feet (which I obviously don’t encourage). However getting these shoes from Skechers just made walking, running, any type of just being on my feet about 100 times more enjoyable. Even if I don’t feel like it, these shoes just make me move. So choose the right shoe for you, make sure they’re comfortable.
2. Set the right goal.
Now, if you’re walking just to get in shape or to get creative and reduce stress, then you need to change that attitude.
All these benefits are side effects of enjoying a DAILY walk, they are not the goal.
When walking, it’s really important to focus on something that you want to accomplish NOW, today. Not something that can happen in a few weeks (losing weight).
Maybe it’s working on your to do list (like getting groceries, paying bills, meeting with a friend) or going somewhere you love or somewhere you’ve always been curious about.
For example when I was little we moved into a building where I would always look out and see a beautiful lake in the far distance. I’d always imagine that it’s a magical place where something amazing happens. But I never went there for 10 years because I’m a procrastinator and a sloth in one. And also, I’ve always been scared of everything.
Then one day, me and my friend decided to just go. It wasn’t a beautiful walk (lots of buildings and cars), but knowing where I’m going and having this goal in mind I was able to get to my destination.
And found out it only took me 20 minutes to get there. 20 minutes to get to a place I’ve always been wondering about. Now was this lake a magical place? Well, it was a great lake, but nothing really magical was happening there. Now, I knew and I walked 40 minutes without even noticing.
So set the right goal (or many goals) and walk towards them.
3. Record your steps and time
Progress is not the only thing that should motivate you in life, but until you make something a habit and do it automatically – progress can pull you toward your goals. So TRACK.
Under 5.000 steps is considered sedentary and 10.000 is what most people recommend.
I personally do not count steps, I go with feeling and I sometimes track time and roughly the distance I walked.
4. Listen to an audiobook
Go, explore and just take a moment to breathe.
Yeah, that’s cute, but who’s got time for a boring walk in the park watching squirrels and ducks chase each other?
I’ve got work to do.
I’ve got bills to pay.
But mostly I’ve got social media and youtube to catch on.
Well, to stop making time an excuse for sitting 9 hours until my butt feels DEAD, I like to listen to an audiobook while I walk. I feel like I’m doing something good for my mind, I’m learning new stuff & I’m doing something great for my health.
The best place to find audiobooks is Audible, and lucky for all of us, they have a free 30-day trial. You get a free audiobook that you can keep after the free trial is over.
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5. Record your thoughts
Think of all the times, you sit at your computer and just can’t come up with a good idea. Then you go get a coffee, make a sandwich or take a shower (well obviously that’s perfect when you’re at the office) and your head is BOMBARDED with GREAT ideas.
This happens to me probably every day. And it happens mostly when I go out for a walk. Now, because my mind is RACING when I’m on my walk, and I know I’m not going to remember any of my awesome ideas once I get back to my desk, I go ahead and record them.
I use Evernote on my phone for this and I just pretend I’m talking to someone on the phone while I’m dictating as if I’m a school teacher. Yes, I’m a little fox. Believe it or not, this actually makes me remember all of the things I’m thinking about, even if I never listen to the recordings (which happens often). But the fact that I do have them, just makes me feel better.
Well, these are my tips to help you walk a little further every time and actually enjoy your walk and not just think “Are we done yet?”. I hope you take walking as an opportunity to experience something new and exciting each time – you never know what happens when you spend a little time outside.
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