Walking for your health


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.


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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?



  1. Deborah Nicholas
    January 21, 2017 / 3:22 pm

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

  2. Shannon Bryson
    January 21, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    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!

  3. Donna Ashworth
    January 21, 2017 / 4:52 pm

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

  4. naomi cooper
    January 21, 2017 / 5:25 pm

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

  5. Hannah Latoya Bond
    January 21, 2017 / 7:18 pm

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

  6. Joanna Victoria -x
    January 21, 2017 / 8:22 pm

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

  7. Louise Joy
    January 21, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    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

  8. Eloise
    January 21, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    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

  9. Stephanie Merry
    January 23, 2017 / 9:15 am

    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

  10. Rhian Westbury
    January 23, 2017 / 9:42 am

    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

  11. Mumdadplus4
    January 23, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    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

  12. Wendy Rivard
    January 25, 2017 / 12:56 pm

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

  13. Lianne Thebrunettesays
    January 25, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    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!

  14. KookyRunner
    January 25, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    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!

  15. Ivanna Marie
    January 25, 2017 / 2:31 pm

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

  16. Kimberly Hatting
    January 25, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    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.

  17. Rachel
    January 25, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    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!

  18. Elle
    January 25, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    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!

  19. Angela Williams
    January 25, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    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 🙂

  20. Deborah Brooks
    January 25, 2017 / 11:58 pm

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

  21. solesisterkatie
    January 26, 2017 / 12:14 am

    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.

  22. Toni @ Running, Loving, Living
    January 26, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    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!

  23. Nayna Kanabar
    January 26, 2017 / 9:40 pm

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

  24. Jo Robinson-Vann
    February 26, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    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 🙂

  25. Jeannine White
    August 3, 2017 / 10:03 am

    i used to have the kine fuel band.. apart from the fuel points being confusing from calories burned, i hated having something on my wrist 24/7. i just bought the fit bit one and i love it! i wonder if you'd like that version more? i just keep it clipped on my bra or in my pocket and just wherever when i'm sleeping [it comes with a wrist band though for that] i'm glad i got it because i'm being more aware of my steps and have been getting more sleep and taking the stairs more! i have mine linked up with my lose it! food tracking app as well.best fitness tracker with heart rate

    I would recommend this HRM to everyone – I love it!

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