May is National Walking Month and the charity Living Streets is urging us to walk for 20 minutes a day as part of its Try20 campaign.
If you need motivation, try one of these:
- Borrow a dog
If you love dogs but don’t own one, sign up to borrowmydoggy.com to make contact with dog owners in your area who need a hand with walking.
- Track your walks
Use an app such as Map My Walk, a Fitbit fitness tracker or a pedometer to keep track of your distance and feel your motivation soar.
- Do it for charity
The app Charity Miles donates money from corporate sponsors to your chosen charity for every mile you walk.
- Make it a mindfulness exercise
Walking is a great way to integrate mindfulness into your day. Instead of walking on autopilot with your legs moving and your mind elsewhere, observe what’s around you and the sensations in your body. Use the regular rhythm of your walk to keep your mind from wandering off and notice how much calmer and clearer-headed you feel afterwards.