Does trail running interest you? The only problem is you are not a runner. Well, walking is a great way to increase fitness, enjoy the outdoors and get accustom to the terrain.
Whether I am starting a new sport or taking one to the next level, I have found the greatest success by setting my goal first. Begin by understanding your “point A”, your current fitness level. How long can you walk? What is your intensity level? (This is best measured by the percentage of your maximum heart rate.)
Then set a SMART goal.
When setting a goal it must be precise, something you can quantify, something within reach, significant to you and you must set a completion date so you know when the goal has been met.
I would recommend setting a long-term goal that gets you excited. Perhaps this is to walk in a local 5k charitable event or hike a certain mountain. Once the long-term goal has been established, set a few shorter, interim goals so you can celebrate progress along the way. Perhaps this is when you reach your first mile. Or walk for 30 minutes. Or walk at an intensity equal to 70% of your maximum heart rate.
And finally, reward yourself for a job well done.
Life is about the journey so enjoy the walk!
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