How To Make Walking Work For You

When we think about fitness, many of us envisage lengthy hours spent in gyms, tackling treadmills, stationary bikes and various other intimidating forms of machinery. As a result, it’s often something set aside in favour of more pleasurable pursuits, leaving many of us well below our best when it comes to physical fortitude.

But maintaining optimal health and fitness needn’t be so difficult – in fact it’s something that can be easily incorporated into your everyday life. All it requires is a small change in perspective, and a willingness to step up to the plate.

Yes, the simple act of walking can in fact have a huge impact on your overall health and fitness, reducing the risk of disease as well as your waistline. Just by taking 10,000 steps per day, you can burn calories, lower your blood sugar levels and enjoy all sorts of other health benefits that can help you to perform at your peak throughout the day.

And while 10,000 might sound like a lot of steps, it’s in fact a very achievable daily goal, and can be quite easily reached by changing a few habits here and there. You’d be surprised by how many strides you take simply by performing common tasks – walking around a shopping mall for instance can clock a few thousand steps quite easily – so why not make walking a way of life?

By walking 10,000 steps per day, you’ll look to burn approximately 400 calories – that’s almost the equivalent of two Big Macs! Now imagine the impact that could have on your overall health. Not only will you find yourself shedding the kilos, but you’ll also be able to enjoy added benefits like increased energy levels, improved mood and better sleep. Sound good? Here are a few tips to get you started:

Take the stairs

Pass up those lifts and escalators and do things the old-fashioned way to add a few thousand steps to your daily tally.

Ditch the drive

Heading to the corner store to stock up on groceries? Looking to dash out to grab some lunch? Use your feet rather than your car to get you there and you’ll soon see your step count skyrocketing.  In the heat of the UAE summer, make sure you take water with you to stay hydrated.

Walk and talk

Meetings or a catch up with friends needn’t be confined to a boardroom or coffee table, so why not use these get-togethers as an opportunity to step up and get some good exercise?

Mall trawling

If you enjoy shopping, you’re in luck! Walking the air-conditioned length of one of Abu Dhabi’s mall (depending on its size) can add significantly to your step count, and perhaps it’s worth doing two laps just to be sure you didn’t miss anything!