Walking can be a great way to improve your overall health in the new year! Getting your extra steps in can be challenging, but it doesn’t always have to be.
New year, new goals! If getting healthier is one of your goals, consider getting your daily steps in to get fit. Walking can help you burn fat, plus it’s low impact.
Walking may be an easier form of exercise, but most of us find it hard to get our extra steps in. Whether we’re sitting in traffic, slumping in our desks at work, or other reasons, most of us live a sedentary lifestyle.
Taking a walk outside, even if it’s just for 20 minutes, can do wonders for your mental and physical well-being. Not only will you get your extra steps in, but you can also reduce stress and increase your vitamin D levels. But we get it — reminding yourself to take a walk outside can feel like another chore to do on your busy to do list.
Here are 5 tricks that will make it easier to get your steps in!
Listen to a podcast or your favorite playlist
From the daily news to dating advice to true crime stories, use your walk to catch up on your favorite podcasts. Nicole Byer’s kooky dating stories in “Why Don’t You Date Me?” will have you laughing your whole walk. Not a podcast person? Listen to your favorite music! Trust us, it’s an instant mood booster.
Wear clothes you feel great in
Wearing an outfit that increases your self-esteem, such as a matching workout set, can help you feel extra motivated to exercise. Check out Gymshark, Fabletics, or even Forever 21 for some cute walking outfits.
Turn your walk into a friendly game
Start some friendly competition with yourself or loved ones by tracking the number of steps you take every day! Whether it’s 1,000 steps or 10,000 steps, make it a goal to achieve however many steps that’s doable for you.
Manifest your dream life
Imagine yourself achieving all of your goals and living your dream life. When you put positive energy into yourself and into the world, you’d be surprised at how this can shift your mindset and perspective for the better. The increased positivity in your life will make going for regularly scheduled walks a breeze!
Take time to appreciate your surroundings
You can also walk in silence and be present. While doing so, take note of your feet hitting the ground, the air you’re breathing in, and everything that’s around you! Appreciating the little things can help you see the glass as half full, rather than half empty.