The weather is nice, the sun is shining, time to get into shape! Don’t worry, I’m not going to force you into some ridiculous body-building routine. No need for that. Regular walking can already make a world of difference to your health. With this challenge, you will be able to walk whole days on end in only six weeks time!
Well, walking is just a very fun thing to do. But you are talking to a walking enthusiast, so I might be a bit biased… Either way, walking is also a very low-impact, healthy form of exercise. It does not put enormous pressure on your joints and tendons, but it will help to improve your condition and build muscle. Regular walking significantly increases your basic fitness level.
Start at the beginning
In this challenge we will start at the very beginning, so that you can join even if you are completely inexperienced. Just take it one walk at a time, and you will be hiking like a pro before you know it! If you do already have (a lot of) walking experience, please also join. I will add extra options to make it an interesting challenge for you as well. If only it would help you get inspired to start walking more, then my mission would already be accomplished.
Download the planner for the walking challenge through this link. It has an overview of the six weeks the challenge will last. Every week starts on Monday, with the weekend for an extra long walk to round off the week. You are free to fill in your own schedule, so that it will fit in with the rest of your life. But once filled in, no changing “because of the weather”! ;)
The new walks for the next week will be available every Friday on Pure Cottongrass. You can then take your time over the weekend to make a plan for your walks.
Print the planner, hang it somewhere visible, put your walks in your diary, anything to keep yourself on track.
This week we will start off easy. It will be four walks over the whole week. Three of them short, one a bit longer. Because we are only just starting, it is ok to walk at a easy pace. Base your walking speed on your current level of fitness. For beginners, that will probably be a leisurely stroll, while it can be a more brisk pace for practised walkers.
This is the plan for the week:
|Walk nr.||What?||How long?|
|1||Easy walking around your neighbourhood.||2 km|
|2||Avoid big roads. Can you figure out a walking route that does not take you along a big road? (You are allowed to cross them)||3 km|
|3||Walk as a break. Use this walk to get out from your daily slump and get relaxed. Maybe on Friday afternoon, after work/school? Bring a snack with you to enjoy halfway through.||3 km|
|4||Weekend challenge. By now you have been walking around your neighbourhood quite a bit, probably. Get really excited with walking by going out into nature this time! Look at a map, find a nice area close by and go for that walk!||6 km|
I hope you will join the challenge. I would love to hear how you are doing, so leave a comment any time!
Have fun with the first part of the six week walking challenge!