What do I wear?
Shoes should be well fitting and comfortable. They don’t need to be water proof but its worth considering if you plan on walking in wet conditions. Runners or walking shoes will work perfectly well.
Clothes should also be comfortable. Layers are a good idea if walking in colder weather, you can always take off a layer or two if you get too hot.
In winter it’s a good idea to bring along a jacket, hat, scarf and gloves. In summer, a sun hat is advisable to offer extra protection from the sun. When walking in darker conditions a high visibility jacket is a must.
It’s getting dark but I still want to go out walking, what do you advise?
There are a great selection of routes on paths or trails that are very accessable when it is dark. If you are walking on a road a night high visibility clothing is essential. Carry a light and walk on the right hand side. Remember “Be Safe, Be Seen”.
Is there anything extra I need to bring?
Bring a mobile phone. It doesn’t weigh much and it very helpful if you need assistance; phone camera’s these days take great photos and you can track you step count and active time.
A bottle of water is always nice to have with you, especially if the walk gets a little more strenuous than planned. And it’s good to stay hydrated when doing exercise.
A small backpack can be handy to carry extra items and some of them are so comfortable that you won’t even realise you are carrying it.
Should I do anything before I set out walking?
If you are walking alone let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to return at.
Some people like to do some gentle stretching before a walk, if you don’t have time start your walk slow and gradually build up the speed. As you finish reduce the pace to cool down and finish up with a little more gentle stretching.
I’m getting bored, how do I keep walking fun and interesting?
Meet up with friends or family, it’s always easier to keep motivated when you have company. Join a club or walking group, you can find a list of local groups here.
Track your progress, it’s great to be able to look back and see where you started.
Immerse yourself in nature, it’s amazing what you can discover if you get out into nature. Get off roads and paths, walking along trails can add a little variety to a walk and often you won’t even notice the kilometers passing by.