I used to love running. Unfortunately, I had to give up running many years ago due to an achilles tendon problem.

The thing I loved most about running was the simplicity of it. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a decent sports bra and you can step out the door and run.

A 30 minutes good run burns quite a few calories and when you’re in the zone, it can be like a moving meditation.

Fortunately, you can get the same benefits from walking. So, if like me you can’t run anymore, here’s how to make your walk a little bit more of a workout.

  • Choose a route that has some nice challenging hills. Not difficult if you live in Devon like me.
  • Walk as fast as you can. 
  • Get into a rhythm with your pace and breathing and keep the pace even when going up hill.
  • Swing your arms.
  • Breath deeply through your nose. This is challenging at first, but you will get used to it.
  • Use your core muscles to support your posture and give your movement strength. Pull your tummy in, draw your rib cage together slightly and draw your shoulders back and down. This will give you an extra Pilates session as well as improving your posture as you walk and take the strain of your back.
  • Take advantage of the time to clear your mind and see what comes up for you. I often have my best ideas when I am walking.
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature and remember to smile.

It’s worth investing in some really good, comfortable walking boots and some wet weather gear so you can enjoy walking all year round.