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How to Make Walking A Daily Habit

group of seniors walking on a nature trail

Walking is beneficial for both your mental and physical health. It can help you maintain your weight, prevent high blood pressure, improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your bones and muscles, increase your energy, and so much more.

The best part about walking is that it's a low-intensity exercise which means you can do it at your own pace, and it won't put as much stress on your muscles and joints.

Walking every day can be difficult and may seem like a hassle, but it's extremely beneficial for your overall health. That's why I've come up with a list of things you can do to help turn walking into a daily habit.

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Schedule it.

If you write it down or schedule it in your daily to-do list, you're more likely to make time for it.


Find a walking partner.

Exercising alone can be hard. Find a family member, a friend, or even a group of people who will be your dedicated walking partner(s) and hold each other accountable.


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Come up with new routes.

You don't have to walk the same path everyday. To keep things fun and interesting, find new routes to walk and turn it into an adventure and not just your daily exercise.


Use the 10 minute rule.

Getting started can be the hardest part of any task. If you tell yourself that you only have to do something for 10 minutes, it won't feel like such a big task. Once you hit the ten minutes, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment, and you may even feel more inclined to walk for a little bit longer.


List your reasons why.

Remind yourself why you're trying to walk more. Maybe you're walking because you need to get outdoors more, you're looking to lose weight, or you're just trying to get some exercise in. Whatever it is, writing it down can help you stay motivated.


Count your steps.

There are a ton of fitness apps out there nowadays that can track your steps. When you can see the progress you're making, you may find it easier to keep up with it. Creating a step goal and using it as a personal competition can make being active more fun.


 **Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any exercise routine to ensure it's suitable for your individual health needs and conditions.


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