This low-impact, low-barrier activity can be done by just about everyone who wants to get outside (or stay inside if preferred) and simply get moving. Be sure to start with comfortable shoes with good support or appropriate wheels to be sure you can build up your distances. For walkers, if you’re working on your balance, be sure to add some hiking poles to your equipment list.
Have a peek at your local outdoor track or indoor mall to see if walking there might be more comfortable for you. Check your nearest community centre or mall for programs that will help support your journey to get active and stay active. This may be your opportunity to explore other neighbourhoods. Most importantly, congratulate yourself because you just got active. Who knows, you might meet a friend or two along the way!
- Casual: What’s better than catching up with a friend or listening to a gripping podcast while out enjoying some fresh air? Walking or wheeling allows everyone to set their own pace and distance, and work towards improving a little bit at a time.
- Affordable Options: going out for a walk or wheel, solo or with friends, is one of the most affordable activities available. A pair of supportive shoes and the goal of moving is really all you need. In the winter months, bundle up, or check out your local mall or community centre for walking tracks and routes.
- Low Impact or Post Injury: Walking is a low risk and low impact activity that can act as a simple form of cardio and mobility for those returning from injury.