Going for a walk isn’t something that one would think of as exercise, even if that said walk was to get your lazy ass to the pub. But, in a would where people overthink what the words “exercise” and “workout” mean, its very easy to overlook this simple routine.
Over the last 4 weeks that I have been doing 75 HARD, I’ve included a 45 minute walk each morning. This walk is generally done around 6am each morning and covers around 3.6km to 4 km in distance. At the start I did it without any additional weight, except for my full camel back. But since then I’ve incorporated wearing my old army chest webbing loaded up with 8kg’s worth of full water bottles. That additional weight has helped greatly in building up some extra resistance. Ideally, I would love a weighted vest, but those suckers aren’t cheap and to be completely honest I don’t need it.
As the weeks have rolled on, I’ve found myself pushing myself to find more difficult routes, increase my pace and force more resistance. Which is exactly why it’s a great starting point for anyone. Walking is something that nearly every person does naturally, with a few glaring exceptions. It’s cheap and super easy to get started. I’ll give you an example; There is one guy I come across nearly every weekday (he is missing on weekends, but so is nearly everyone else), he started out by walking in thongs and has now moved up to wearing runners. Now to be fair, he could just be walking to the servo to get some durrie’s, but every day that I see him, he seems to be putting in a bit more effort so that’s got to count for something.
Look at how often we humans drive short distances because its easy, comfortable, convenient. If only people would put the keys in their pocket, slip on some runners (or thongs) or even go barefoot if you must and walk that short distance instead. Just imagine it for a second.
But I digress, my point is that it isn’t hard, and there’s ample places to go and walk that’s out of the way of our built-up lifestyles.
Take White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate near Ipswich, this hidden gem is within viewing distance of several built up residential areas, yet its relatively quiet and peaceful. A good friend and I went that this last Saturday and made the 3km journey of the harder ridge trail up to white rock. The hike was challenging, but not difficult and a good little test as there where small drop-offs to climb down, rocky areas and sandy trails. It was a good mix with a nice reward at the end that is White Rock.
This little adventure has led to us committing to try and do a hike each Saturday, and together with my walks each morning, have me confident that my fitness is improving at a solid rate.
So, my suggestion is to get out there, get amongst it and stop making rubbish excuses on why you can’t simply go for a walk. And if you need some directions, here’s a really simple guide:
- Put on clothes (not optional)
- Put on shoes
- Walk out your front door (don’t forget your house keys!)
- Turn left (or right if you’re feeling rebellious)
- Start walking
- Walk 20-ish minutes
- Turn around and walk back home
How bloody easy is that!
‘til next time…..Cheers!