Saturday, 21 January 2017

JUST KEEP MOVING


Did you know I do A LOT of walking? I walk to and from work everyday which gets me to about 15k steps per day, for my to and from journey. On top of that I then do some kind of exercise, but if I don't get round to it for any reason I am always happy knowing I have been active in some way. 



I came to realise a while ago that yes, it is great to be doing something cardiovascular everyday, (so in other words something elevate your heart rate) but it doesn't always need to be a gruelling workout. I got a heart rate monitor a while ago, because I have always been interested in my resting heart rate and also my heart rate during exercise. My resting heart rate is between 60-75, which for my age is pretty good because I'm relatively fit. My heart rate does elevate quite high when I'm doing exercise, so finding my fat burning zone is quite tricky - it appears I'm all or nothing with this! You know what I discovered? Walking. Walking is where I fat burn most, and activities such as running (higher intensity cardio) is where I burn most calories. Combing the two has been amazing for me and I can't rave about it enough. 


What I'm Wearing // Next NX Collection* Gilet // Pink Quilted Gilet Running Zip Top // Black Mesh Zip Through Capris // Technical Capri Leggings With Mesh Bag // Black Printed Sports Bag Trainers // Pink Running Trainers

As I say I walk every week day and try to keep myself active and busy at the weekends. I must admit I always track my movements on a fitness watch because it keeps me on track. If you are new to fitness I can't recommend walking more, it is such an easy and accessible way to get you going. Not sure when to start, or when to squeeze it? At lunch organise a walking group with your work colleagues, as there is nothing worse than being stuck at your desk all day - my fitbit tells me to try and do 250 steps each hour... that is a lot of making loo runs! But it truly keeps me on target.

Hint // Can you walk to work? Perhaps try once a week to walk somewhere close by that you would normally drive to. 


I love to go for walks with Olly and obviously he loves it too. We try different routes so it doesn't get boring, so perhaps take your dog for longer more interesting walks, or maybe borrow a friends dogs if that helps. I do prefer to walk with a purpose rather than just for the sake of it, but that is a personal preference.

Hint // No dog or friends with dogs? Visit Borrow My Doggy website for a loan dog in your area.


By setting myself that 10k steps a day goal it really does keep me focused on making sure I keep moving. Remember if you do at least those 10k steps you are doing a heck of a lot more than some people. I'd rather get my 10k steps in daily than sporadically do one fitness class, but obviously if you do both then that's great. But once you start to feel fitter, perhaps aim for that to be your next step goal. As I say you can maybe sort with work colleagues to go for a walk at lunch to help get that step count up. 

Hint  // Can't find a group or work colleagues not liking the idea? Have a look via the internet or on Facebook for walking groups (like the Ramblers), or better yet start your own where you walk to a cute countryside coffee shop... but don't get tempted by the cake!

Do you keep active on a daily basis like me? Do you aim for 10k steps?
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24 comments

  1. I enjoy walking and the kids love being outside, we just need to do it more often and hope the rain stays off!

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  2. I've always been a walker, I was 10 minuted from high school so I walked that and now i'm 45 minutes from work and I walk that to and from! It's a great way to stay healthy!

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  3. I need to walk more, I'm currently not even ereachung my 10k every day 😬 Must do better! Thx for the tips x

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  4. I love walking too. I've never worn a gilet before!

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  5. I don't do enough walking, it is really good exercise and easy to do if you cant get to the gym x

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  6. I need to be more active I do like to walk every where when I can.

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  7. I have to agree with this, walking makes SUCH a difference and I didn't realize until I got my fitbit. I realized that sometimes you burn more calories walking than you do in some fitness classes i.e something like yoga or if you're in a new fitness class and still moving quite slow/taking it easy x

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  8. I recently got a new fitbit and i'm obsessed with my resting heart rate. I think mine's pretty high at like 100-110 and I'm not too sure why as I do exercise!
    I've also started walking and I'm managing 10,000 steps per day - definitely want to get a dog too! xx

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  9. I really try and aim for 10k steps a day but even if I go to the gym I still struggle to do 10k x

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  10. I try to walk as much as I can and I find my fitbit does help to keep me active but my work is only less than 5 minutes from me so it doesn't help my numbers too much x

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  11. I lost so much weight walking a few years ago training for a 26mile walk I am just getting back into the longs walks again so hopefully will shed a few pounds and few fit again

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  12. What kind of dog is that? Looks like a Cocker Spaniel! That's what I have! <3

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  13. I used to walk 40 mins to work and back every day and it kept me in good shape. I've really noticed the difference now I work from home. I want to try get out and walk more during the day time, when it's a little warmer I take my youngest out for walks every day but in this weather and while he's full of cold its difficult, but I'm looking forward to getting out there again once it gets a little milder!

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  14. That's awesome that you can walk to and from work everyday. Technically I could walk to work but some of the street crossings are a little scary!

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  15. Great post. I've also been focusing on just walking alot. Getting in more steps instead of doing tough workouts everyday is ok.

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  16. My trick to burning fat is to exercise with "low" fuel in the tank. When I trained for my marathon last fall, I did a lot of runs early in the morning (before breakfast). I had a granola bar for a tiny bit of something before I headed out, though. Basically, I was burning more fat than fuel on those particular runs, which were typically only 4-6 miles.

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  17. I admit I haven't focused on burning fat or calories in a while. I've been mostly mileage driven. Having said that, though, when I lost most of my weight was when I would wake up early and run before eating. It really helped to kickstart my metabolism for the day!

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  18. The older I get the more I appreciate walking too... love that you have Olly to walk with. I miss my doggie walks. Maybe I should look into borrowing a dog. I didn't know that was possible! Fun!

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  19. I also walk to and from work, it's just over a mile each way, so I don't rack up 15000 steps, but some is better than none :)

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  20. I agree it's great to do something cardio everyday just makes you feel good! Love all the photos

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  21. Before I became a runner, I enjoyed walking! I loved walking as a teenager around our neighborhood. It does make you feel better when you are able to get outside.

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  22. I'm def jealous you can walk to work, I wish I could but someone would def end up running me over, these cars drive way too fast in florida. I ammfor at least 10k a day!

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  23. I live too far from my work but do try nad walk at weekends.

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  24. When I worked in London I would often walk the 2 miles from the station to my office. As hectic as London is, I never tired of looking at the architecture on my way in.I love taking our dog on walks too, she loves it. There's also a charity called The Cinnamon Trust where volunteers can walk the dogs of people who find it difficult (i.e. the elderly or immobile) if that's any use to anyone :)

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