Running and walking are two activities that are very beneficial to mental and physical health during these unusual times. Whether you are a seasoned runner/walker or just getting started, read on for 10 tips and tricks to get moving!
Use an App to Track Progress
One of the best parts about running and walking is that they are two activities where you can really see progress and improvements. Keep track of your miles with an app like Strava, Garmin, or the Apple watch/phone app. It is fun to look back at runs and walks and see how you are getting stronger overtime.
Make Yourself a Schedule
The best way to get consistent about walking and running is to create a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Plan out which days you want to walk or run and decide how far you want to go. Write down your plan in a journal or on your calendar and then get moving!
Goal setting is a great way to stay on track. When it comes to running and walking, your goals can be anything! It could be that you want to walk for 20 minutes each day. It could be that you want to run a mile in under 8 minutes or maybe you want to run for an hour straight. Any goal is a good goal!
Get Good Shoes
The best part about running and walking is the only equipment required is good shoes! As you increase your mileage and time spent on your feet, make sure that you have a good pair of shoes. For the fairly active person, shoes should be switched out every 6 months. Shop with us online to get a fresh pair of kicks delivered straight to your door!
Invest in Running/Walking Socks
If you have never thought about the socks you walk or run in, don’t worry you are not alone! These special socks make a huge difference. Not only are they moisture-wicking which helps prevent blisters, but they also won’t bunch up and fall down.
Run or Walk Somewhere New
An easy way to get excited about running or walking is to go somewhere new for your daily movement. Running or walking the same loop around the neighborhood can get old very quickly. Hop in the car and drive to a new trail next time you go for a walk or run.
Look Good, Feel Good
As the saying goes, look good, feel good. During these times, a pop of color can make you feel better and make you want to get moving. Shop our new spring arrivals and add some pep to your step with a brand new outfit.
Pick a Motivating Playlist or Podcast
Do you find running or walking alone to be boring? Download some new songs or a podcast to keep you entertained on your walk or run. This will make the time fly!
Train for Something New
With all the spring races being cancelled, this is the perfect time to try and train for something new. Interested in training for your first 5K? Start to practice building up to 3 miles either walking, running, or with run/walk intervals. Interested in signing up for a trail ultra? Hop on the trails for your daily run and practice increasing your daily and weekly mileage. Use this time to have fun and try something new without any pressure.
Last but not least, have fun! Running and walking are supposed to make you feel better so if they aren’t, listen to your body and take a day off! Be gentle with yourself during this time. In a time where most activities are restricted, find joy in moving your body outside.