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Walking Vacations – Starting from Scratch
March 27th, 2010

Walking vacations can be a great way to “ease” into active travel. cover custodia case iphone 11 L0941 adventure time wallpaper 1dB3 I put ease in quotation marks because if you’ve ever had a day where you’ve ended up walking a decent amount more than you usually do – weather intentionally or not – you tend to feel it the next day or two. AIR MAX 97 DONNA acheter nike en ligne Still, walking vacations are a great way to start because you don’t have to acquire a new skill, or even utilize one you might not on a daily basis (assuming that you have no condition or injury that prevents you from walking regularly). nike dernières A misconception, however, is that because we walk on a regular basis, that a walking vacation requires no training or preparation. This is entirely untrue. While you may walk frequently throughout the day, a walking vacation may involve weather conditions, terrains, intensities and distances that you want to be prepared for, and the best way to do so is to create a training program. To get started, it’s best to establish a baseline. If you already include walking as part of your exercise routine then you have a head start. Spend two weeks tracking your workouts. coque samsung You want to make note of the number of days you walk, distance per day and speed.* This gives you an idea of where your workouts are in relationship to the walks required for the trip. forest green and ox red fjallraven kanken backpack mini coque samsung If you don’t have a walking program yet, it’s time to start! Choose a week where you can start fresh, rather than starting in the middle of the week. heartbeats custodia iphone x tyui19713 Plan to do your walks on the days that you have the most time, so that you don’t feel rushed. Here is a sample program for the first week (in other words, change the days of the week around as necessary): Sunday: Walk 1 mile Monday: Rest Tuesday: Walk 1.5 miles Wednesday: Rest Thursday: Walk 2 miles Friday: Rest Saturday: Cross-train (this could be any type of activity that isn’t walking) At this point, speed is not important. cover iphone 11 the walking dead 1080p What is important is that you are able to complete the distances. fjallraven kanken mini backpack burnt orange coque samsung Since the point of many of these walking vacations is to enjoy the scenery and surroundings, you won’t be rushing your walks. Still, make a note of the time it took, as this is often a way to see improvement as your train. custodia iphone 5s sottile 442xqf Similarly, make notes of how your felt before, during and after your walk. For tracking your distances, there are several options. 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While not as exciting, a track gives you a solid measurement for how far you’ve walked. wasd custodia iphone x tyui18427 As with the treadmill, however, the track doesn’t involve varied terrain, and shouldn’t be used for all of your walks. Plus, try doing seven miles on a quarter mile track – the likelihood of boredom and therefore not completing the workout is much greater. A final option, if none of the above suit you, is to purchase a pedometer, which you can find at a wide variety of stores, as well as online. These start as low as approximately $10 and get more expensive with additional features. The very basic ones just measure your steps, so I suggest one that also measures your distance – you just have to calculate your stride length and input it into the pedometer for this feature to work.** While pedometers provide a good general guide for your distance walked, and are certainly great motivation to keep moving during the day (I find it creates a bit of self competition to try to beat yesterday’s step count), they aren’t entirely accurate, as the depend on your stride measurement, the placement on your body and other factors subject to human error. It’s important to create your walking program all at once, instead of week by week. While you can certainly adjust for unforeseen circumstances, creating it from the start provides several benefits. black fjallraven kanken backpack mini bague femme First, you know that you have a program that will, if followed accurately, allow you to reach your final distance goal. Adidas Yeezy 500 Men fjallraven kanken classic backpack sand Secondly, it provides motivation as you look at your progress and the upcoming challenges. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max Cute Unicorn Sparkling P2018 Case Additionally, it makes it tougher to “slack off”. coque samsung Without a pre-planned schedule, one could easily decide to back off one week and not increase their distance, which could set you back from your final goal in the end. Finally, it ensures you are including the proper number of rest and cross-training days, which is just as important as including the necessary mileage. Interested in a tailored walking program for an upcoming trip? Send us an email! *To calculate your speed without a treadmill, divide the distance you walked by the time it took you to walk it – preferably in hours, so that you are calculating miles per hour. beach anime custodia iphone x tyui13285 **Each pedometer that has the stride input feature should have directions on how to measure your stride accurately.

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