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Why I love walking and will be power walking my way through the 10k step challenge

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Taking on the 10,000 steps a day challenge. a person walking, their trainer on the ground with a shadow of their legs. They are power walking.

Power walking for health is the way forward for me, and I’m going to challenge myself to take 10k steps a day. Over the years I, like many others have tried and failed at many attempts to be fitter and healthier. I’d be lying if I said I was really into excercise. First off I can’t run for toffee! I can’t remember the last time I tried a sit up, and if I attempted the plank then who knows what would happen 😳. I have decided that I shall stick to what I’m good at and more importantly what I enjoy and that’s walking, if I can get a bit of speed going as well then power Walking might be the way forward.

Throughout my teenage years I used to go to dance classes and was part of a dance formation team. I absolutely loved it ! So much so that all I ever wanted to do was dance. There was not a day went by where I wouldn’t practice and work on improving my technique. I would push myself to the limit. However by my late teens I’m sad to say that I had to leave my dancing behind me.

Losing confidence

It didn’t take all that long for me to lose a grip on my fitness and diet for that matter. My body changed, I lost my confidence and developed a negative relationship with food. I spent money on gym memberships however if I’m totally honest with you, I hate the gym. I know for some people the gym is like their second home but personally it’s not for me. Truth be told I find it uncomfortable, awkward and a bit intimidating.

I am an outdoors girl, I like being in fresh air and the freedom it gives me. So rather than paying for membership fees or buying excercise equipment that I know I won’t use I’m going back to something I love to do and that’s walking for fitness.

My dad got me into walking when I was young, it might be why I love and appreciate nature so much. I try to get my children outside as much as possible and encourage them to enjoy walking too. I live in a village outside of Wakefield surrounded by fields so there are plenty of footpaths to explore.

My new plan…..power walking  

In a bid to boost my health and fitness I have been inspired by the 10K steps a day walking challenge for March. I had heard about aiming for 10,000 steps a day many years ago and assumed that I easily did that amount. I used the step counter on my phone a while back and was shocked to see that at most I was averaging at about 6K a day !

This was a huge wake up call. Doing 10k steps a day clearly wasn’t all that easy and I was far off target. I consider myself to be someone who is up and about a lot, with two small children especially. I always walk if I can, I’m not one for over using my car and so I honestly believed I’d have a higher step count.

The beauty of walking for fitness is that it’s free and accessible to us all whatever your level of fitness. So I have bought myself a fitness tracker to keep a track of my progress. I am aiming for 10k a day and with that I will try to fit a small walk around my area each day to boost my step count. In a bid to burn more calories ill try power Walking where I can. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Do you enjoy walking or power walking? Have you any advice or tips you would like to share? Please comment below and share the post.

Gardening love 💚

Becky 🤗

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