Walking is an excellent sport for the well-being of the body and mind. If you always have a good excuse for putting off your fitness walking session to the next day, you have come to the right place. Here are the 8 excuses for not walking that we hear most often and everything you need to know to set them aside with a positive attitude!
1 – It is too cold and/or it is raining
This can be an obstacle for some! When you have the right gear for cold and rainy conditions, it is no longer a problem to practice fast walking or Nordic walking. Wearing 3 layers of clothing, including waterproof and breathable sports clothing, is a good way of combating the cold. Once you have warmed up, it won't be a problem! It will be all the more enjoyable when you think of what awaits you when you get back home: a hot drink, a relaxing bath, etc.
2 – I feel tired
You are waiting until you feel the drive to go for a walk, when walking is the very thing that will stimulate your energy levels! It's incredible how walking can eliminate fatigue and quickly make you feel better after just a few minutes. Remember to keep drinking water as fatigue is often a sign of dehydration.
3 – I have a cold
A slight cold can indeed be unpleasant. Just this once, forget about attaining a personal best performance and get some fresh air. If you start slowly and are well wrapped up, fitness walking in the open air is an excellent way of feeling better and boosting your defences!
4 – I'm getting bored…
It's time to change your routine! Choose another route, listen to music during your fast walking or Nordic walking sessions, change your pace, ask a friend to accompany you or join a club, etc. These are just some of the things you can do to make walking more enjoyable!
5 – I'm too busy
The house needs hoovering, you need to catch up on a few episodes of your favourite TV series, you have an urgent case to deal with at work, etc. However, don't forget to take care of your body! Devoting 30 minutes each day to active walking is sufficient to stay in good health while also helping you to stay relaxed and focused!
6 – I can't see any results
All the experts say that fast walking helps to lose weight. Are you wasting your time when you could be on a miracle diet? The truth is that you need to be mindful of what you eat as well as practise sport in order to lose weight in the long-term. What's more, fitness walking also has benefits for the inside of your body!
7 – I don't like it when people watch me walking
You know, nobody is at their best when doing sports. You'll feel so much better after your walking session that will only have one thing in mind, namely, getting back out for another walk. Choose an outfit and a pair of fitness walking shoes that suit you and be proud of your fast walking, or Nordic walking, efforts. After all, humans are made for walking.
8 – My feet/calves hurt
If you're not used to walking a lot, this is normal at the beginning: you need to strengthen the muscles in your foot for the foot to move properly. The same is true for your calves, which are put to the test when walking. Carry out stretching exercises and take care to choose the right walking shoes for you. Your efforts are sure to yield results before long!