Intro Tips for Early Morning Walkers:
- The night before, get your walking clothes and shoes ready so itís easy to put them on and head out the door.
- An iPod or other portable music device programmed with up tempo music or set to your favorite radio station can keep you moving at a brisk pace. Just make sure you can still hear traffic.
- Stretch your calves and hamstrings at the end of your walk. Watching a morning news show or check your email while stretching.
- If itís dark outside, wear clothing with reflective stripes so motorists can see you.
Congratulations! Youíre getting your day started right!
Intro Tips for Lunchtime Walkers:
- Schedule your lunchtime walk in Outlook or your work calendar. Think of it as an important appointment, which it is!
- If you can, keep everything youíll need for walking at work. This way you wonít find yourself saying ďI forgot my shoes. I canít go.Ē
- Recruit a couple work colleagues to join you in the program. You can keep each other on track.
- Depending on your walking pace, the weather, and your tendency to sweat during exercise, you may be able to wear your work clothes and just switch to athletic shoes. Or you may prefer to slip on a t-shirt. In cooler weather, you might need a jacket, hat or gloves. If youíre walking briskly, youíll heat up after about 10 minutes, so avoid the tendency to overdress. Youíll be MOVING, not sitting in the fresh air!
- Pick a route where you can grab a sandwich at the end of your walk, or make sure you bring a healthy lunch.
Congratulations on fitting in fitness!
Intro Tips for After-Work Walkers:
- Have a light snack at about 4pm (for example, a yogurt and handful of almonds, or an apple and 1 oz of cheese) so you donít experience a late-day dip in energy and talk yourself out of walking.
- Pick an area thatís not heavily trafficked since rush hour can increase air pollutants.
- Walk tall and do some backward shoulder rolls to relieve work stress.
- If itís dark outside, wear clothing with reflective strips so motorists can see you.