- If you have a chronic health condition or an injury, check with GP before you start your regular exercising.
- Invest in the best shoes you can afford. Good shoes will reduce the risk of blisters, calluses and overuse injuries.
- Always warm up – walk for 5 minutes at a slower pace before picking up the speed.
- Pay attention to your heart rate and breathing. You should still be able to hold a conversation without too much trouble. If you can’t, then you may be exercising too hard.
- Consider buying a pedometer or an electronic fitness tracker to monitor your progress.
- Carry water, especially if you’re exercising over long distances or in hot weather.
- Wear plenty of sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat (when possible) at all times, but especially on warmer days.
- Keep it interesting. Find out what works for you – you may like walking with friends, walking different routes or listening to music.
- Exercising shouldn’t hurt. If you feel any type of muscle, head or chest pain, see your GP immediately.