Well Spring has technically arrived and it is a great time to try and get out for a daily walk if you haven’t been doing this already.
The snow and ice are finally melting and most of the sidewalks are clear. The local trails around town are also in good shape for walking. Just because the gyms are all closed doesn’t mean you should spend your day sitting on your couch or in front of your computer. Getting outside every day is good for us mentally and physically, just keep a 2m distance between you and anyone else you happen to meet or pass on the trails and sidewalks.
Remember our Rate of Perceived Exertion Scale? We need to move at a brisk pace for health benefits. That pace should be somewhere between 5-8 out of 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is the easiest and 10 is the hardest. Our walk should not be a leisurely stroll.
If you are not used to walking for long periods of time, start small, 10-15minutes is a reasonable starting place. For many of you who have been participating in the Fit for Life class program, here is a challenge for you: aim for a minimum of 20-30 minutes daily – do more if you want to. See if you can do this for 6 days in a row. Keep this going each week. Let’s do this for one month. When should you start? Today, now, or whenever you actually read this. It doesn’t matter, just start doing it. For one month = 4 weeks. This will give you a great aerobic base of fitness and help your stress level and your mood as we practise social distancing.
Maybe I’ll see you out on the trails! In the meantime, stay well.