walking into a healthy lifestyle
Walking is an easy and free way to get active and become healthier. It is ideal for all ages and fitness levels. NHS choices says, “regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers”. Therefore, it is really important to walk whenever you can.
Before you start walking it is important that you wear comfortable shoes, and comfy free flowing clothing. However, if you are walking to work you can wear your work clothes and just change your shoes if necessary.
Being active and being able to exercise can be hard for those who work in an office. You can start by slightly adjusting your daily lifestyle by incorporating simple challenges to get you walking more. If you commute to work everyday why not try getting off the tube or bus stop before your intended destination? This will add extra journey time onto your morning, but when you arrive at work you will feel energised and ready to start the day, making your working day a lot more efficient. For those who use lifts to get to their office, try using the stairs more often. If there are a lot of flights to climb, pace yourself and take it steady to start with and the more you do it, the more your stamina will grow. Alternatively, why not try going for a walk on your lunch break. Simply walk around the block or go with some colleagues so you can walk and have a chat too!
Just remember, like any new exercise start slowly and gradually build up your walking regime.
It is important to eat fruit as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Fruit is full of vitamins and minerals and is great for putting those key nutrients back into your body after exercise. Don’t forget, bananas are also great for slow release energy.