How to Turn Walking Into a Daily Habit PLUS some of the best walking trails in Chilliwack:
Walking is one of the simplest and most beneficial forms of exercise. It can help you improve your overall health, boost essential fresh air and Vitamin D, and reduce stress. But for many, becoming a daily walker can be a challenge. Here are some ways in which you can incorporate walking into your everyday life:
1. Set a Goal: Setting daily steps or exercise goals for yourself can be a great way to stay motivated and on track with your walking routine. Choose a goal you can realistically achieve, such as walking for 30 minutes daily, five days a week, or hitting 10,000 steps a day (which is recommended by health professionals). Setting these limits on your phone or a smart watch or fitbit can encourage you to get it done!
2. Track Your Progress: while a watch or phone can set goals for you, using a specific fitness tracker or app to give you a nudge is a great way to ensure you stay on track. They will let you know if you’ve been sat down for too long or push you to move every hour to hit those daily goals. They will give you something to aim for, and many of them reward you for your progress so you stay on track.
3. Start Small: If you’re just starting out, it’s important to start small and work your way up to longer walks. Start with 10-15 minutes a day and gradually increase the duration or even the exertion as you become more comfortable.
4. Find a Walking Partner: Having someone to walk with can make it more enjoyable and help you stay motivated. Find a friend or family member who’s interested in walking with you. If you don’t have a dog, joining a friend on a regular dog walk will help you get out more and gives you a chance to catch up!
5. Wear the Right Gear: Invest in comfortable, supportive shoes, as well as clothing for all seasons – BC is unpredictable weather-wise, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting outside with the right gear.
6. Choose a Variety of Routes: Varying your walking routes can help keep your walks interesting and encourage you to explore new areas.
7. Set Aside Time: Schedule a specific time to devote to walking each day. This will help keep you motivated and make sure you don’t forget to walk.
8. Reward Yourself: Celebrate your successes and reward yourself for reaching your goals. This can be a great incentive to keep up with your walking routine.
As well as the health benefits, walking has been proven to impact your mental health positively. Here are some places to get out and enjoy the fresh air around Chilliwack:
Easy Hiking Trails:
2. Broken Tree Loop via Pitxel and Cholqthet
3. Island 22 Regional Park Trail
4. Pitxel and Three Bears Loop
5. Vedder North Dyke Trail