Going for a walk around your neighbourhood has become a simple yet welcome way to break up your day.
With everyone spending more time at home, walking is a great way to stretch your legs and burn a few calories at the same time.
In fact, various studies have shown that increasing your steps by as little as 1,000 per day can reduce your risk of premature death by 6%. And by accomplishing 10,000 steps every day, you can decrease your risk by a whopping 46%!
Here we explore four things that you can do to keep your walks interesting and ensure you stay motivated.
Phone a friend
Staying connected to friends and family – even if you may not be able to see them in person – has never been more important. Social connectedness is a key factor to maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. So, next time you’re out on your daily stroll, why not put your headphones in and give someone a buzz to say hi?
Listen to a podcast
Immersing yourself in a podcast or audio book while you’re on a stroll can be a fun way to take your mind off the act of walking and engage with something different. From motivational podcasts to informative and educational options, and even just plain entertaining ones, there’s a whole world of ‘ear candy’ out there to listen to. We’ve pulled together just a few great podcasts to get you started:
- Casefile: True Crime Podcast – for lovers of true crime, this podcast is simply a must. Casefile provides a detailed insight into well-known and obscure criminal cases from around the world.
- Ladies, We Need To Talk – hosted by Yumi Stynes and featuring loads of amazing guests, this podcast focuses on issues relating to Australian women.
- Guru – produced by Wondery, the makers of other great podcasts including Dirty John and Dr Death, it looks into the dark side of the self-help industry.
Turn up the music
There’s a song for almost every occasion in life. Whether you’re maximising your workout with some pump-up tunes, winding down with some relaxing vibes, or something in between – music can take you somewhere else. So why not pop your headphones on and stroll around your ‘hood listening to your favourite tunes? If you’ve done your usual go-to’s to death, listen to one of Virgin Active’s many Spotify playlists for some new music.
Keep cool and breathe easy
If you live in the city, or if it’s a stinking hot day, walking around outside isn’t really that pleasant. So rather than opt out entirely, why not take a walk where it’s nice and cool? Going for a walk on a treadmill at one of Virgin Active’s many clubs means you can still keep your steps up, while having a read or watching TV in a beautifully air conditioned environment.
Discover a Virgin Active club near you and book a free tour of our facilities today.