Physical wellness is good for the mind, body, and soul – even if it is something as simple as walking. Walking programs can be supremely beneficial to those involved, and not to mention a lot of fun! Start a walking program will work similarly to starting any other sort of exercise program, and you might be surprised at how easy it can be!
Looking to start one? We’ve got a few tips to kick you off in the right direction! Each tip feeds into the other to create an easy-to-manage program for you and your friends to enjoy.
5 steps to start your walking program today!
- Start slow: You don’t want to push yourself too hard. Before you begin, you need to have a good idea of your limits. Start with a pace that is comfortable for you and those in the program, so no one hurts themselves. Keep it safe.
- Have SMART goals: SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Building from what we advised in the previous bullet, you’ll want to keep things within reach. Most importantly, you’ll want to keep your walking program goals specific, measurable, and time-bound. When you set the challenge, say, “The goal is to walk ‘x’ miles in ‘x’ days,” or “Walk ‘x’ steps every day for a month.” This way your goals and challenges will be clear, as well as the time frame.
- Invite friends: It’s important to invite people to join in on your challenge. There are innumerable benefits to this. It’s always nice to have a walking partner to keep you company and make the walk go quicker. Also, having friends participating will push you to achieve your goals.
- Keep a leader board: Having a leaderboard will keep you accountable for your goals while also spurring a little bit of competition between the participants. Use pedometers to count your steps or other methods like using apps that pair with devices to track your distance and/or steps.
- Tap into that competitiveness: That driving force is the natural instinct for competition. As human beings, we are naturally prone to competing, so when you have a group of people working towards the same goals as individuals, it will spark the competitiveness in all of you. Take advantage of that competition to reach your walking program goal.
- Have fun: Of course, you’ll want to have fun with your walking program. Keep the competition friendly and joke with your friends and competitors. If you’re not having fun with it, you won’t want to get up and do it.
Are you wanting to stay active as you age in a community that promotes physical wellness? At The Esquiline, you can roam around the beautiful 200-acre campus or try one of their many physical wellness activities to keep your body strong and healthy as you age.