Learn to love ev­ery step

The 10 tips be­low will soon have you out walk­ing ev­ery day

Prevention (Australia) - - Fast Fitness -

When walk­ing is at its best, you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a height­ened ver­sion of life while watch­ing ki­los fall off. Sarah Kusch (pic­tured) loves that she can walk any­where, any time, and in what­ever clothes she feels like – and that it opens the door to that buzzy, I’m re­ally alive feel­ing she can’t find at her desk, in her car, or on her couch. “Walk­ing can truly be what­ever you need it to be that day,” says fit­ness ex­pert Sarah Kusch, your trainer for this pro­gram. “I ac­tu­ally crave that energised, in­spired feel­ing I get after my walks. It just makes me feel so much bet­ter,” she says. Here are Kusch’s 10 ways walk­ing can make you feel good in ev­ery way.

1 CLEAR YOUR MIND

If you’ve found seated med­i­ta­tion prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble, try qui­et­ing your mind while you walk. “You can get a lot of the same ben­e­fits just by fo­cus­ing on your breath and body,” Kusch sug­gests.

2 CAP­TURE THE MOMENT

Some­times you want to leave your damn phone at home. But if you’re into In­sta­gram or love pho­tog­ra­phy, snap pics on your walks. “It lets you be cre­ative, and shar­ing them can in­spire friends and fam­ily to get out there, too.”

3 TALK TO PEO­PLE ( yeah, re­ally)

“So what if you take a short break?” Kusch says. “I met one of my best friends while tak­ing a walk. If I hadn’t stopped and said hello I’d have missed out on a life­long pal.”

4 DIG INTO DATA

Fit­bits. Garmins. Good ol’ pe­dome­ters.

There are so many cool op­tions for wear­able tech and apps that will track your reps, kilo­me­tres and speed. Th­ese tools are re­ally mo­ti­vat­ing.

5

WORK ON GRAT­I­TUDE

It’s not just an ex­er­cise for your body with many ad­van­tage for your gen­eral well­be­ing as well, ex­plains Kusch. “Some days I spend my en­tire walk think­ing of things or peo­ple I’m grate­ful for. It makes me happy and I go back to the

‘real world’ a bet­ter per­son.”

6 LET YOUR­SELF BE AN­GRY

“Some­times I’m mad or just crabby,” Kusch says. “In­stead of let­ting it ruin my day, I give my­self 30 min­utes to vent it. I start walk­ing and within five min­utes I’m over it.”

7 GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

New sur­round­ings cul­ti­vate new thoughts and add an in­ter­est to your walks, sug­gests Kusch. “Even if you don’t travel, I’d bet that there is a nearby bush track or city walk that you could ex­plore. Just get out there.”

8

FI­NALLY GET TO THAT BOOK

“I’m of­ten so tired that when I do have a spare moment to read I fall asleep,” laughs Kusch. “So I love down­load­ing au­dio­books for my walks. I’ll get through a chap­ter or two in 30 min­utes and then know­ing the next chap­ter is wait­ing for me makes me ex­cited for my walks.”

9 POWER THROUGH POD­CASTS

There’s an awe­some free au­dioseries for ev­ery kind of in­ter­est: from good sto­ries, to in­spir­ing TEDtalks, to health shows, to comedy.

10 CALL A FRIEND

“I have peo­ple that I never get around to call­ing,” says Kusch. “Now I give them 30 min­utes and we catch up while I move my body. It’s a win-win.”

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