Monday, 4 January 2016

3 Ways To Kick Start Your New Year: Part 3 Go Walking

3. Go for a walk

The final part in my 3 Ways To Kick Start Your New Year mini series is the one that many of us dread and that's getting active.  I started with skincare, then moved onto a way to combat feeling bloated and sluggish after all the Christmas indulgence and now its the turn of our good ol' friend Mr Moving Around.

Some of us hate exercise, some of us love it but I'm sure that almost all of you will agree that nothing shakes away a hangover like a getting out into the fresh air and moving!

So many people spend their festive season chilling on the sofa which is all well and good (hey, I love doing it) but it can lead to you feeling sluggish and demotivated.  Once you get used to it, it can be hard to find the energy to get up and get moving, which is pretty detrimental if you need to be back to work at the beginning of January.

With that in mind, my third and final suggestion as to how to kick start your new year is to go walking.  Get out in the fresh air and move around.  This isn't about weight loss, working up to running a marathon or even getting fit, it is simply about getting you moving and its as good for your mindset as it is for your body.  Lets face it, the TV is usually so good over Christmas and I'll be the first to admit that I spend far too long watching it over the festive season.

Last year, my family and I went for a short walk around a local park at the very beginning of the year and it was life changing- why hadn't I done this before?!  I usually found my routine was so hard to get back into after Christmas as I always felt so tired, despite having loads of sleep.  After my experience last year, I now know that actually, I was sleeping too much and not moving around enough.

Walking in the outdoors really blew away the cobwebs and by the time I got home, I was ready to go out for another walk.  I felt revived and refreshed.  Its something that I tried to keep up all year as I could really feel the benefits but I must admit, I wasn't as consistent with it as I would have liked to have been.  In 2016, I'll have more me time which is when I plan to be able to dedicate more time to activities that I enjoy like being in the outdoors.

When you're going out for a walk, its important to wear the right footwear.  Now I'm by no means an expert in this field but I have found a brand of shoes that work really well for me and that's the Sketchers Go Walk range.  Many styles are actually available on sale at Cloggs including my newest pair, the Sketchers Go Walk 3 in Black.

If you're a regular reader of my blog then you might remember me reviewing a pair that I bought in this post and this new pair are no different.

They are so incredibly light underfoot that walking in them is easy as you don't feel as though you're actually wearing anything on your feet.  They're as light as air and the pads on the bottom give you plenty of grip on the road, cushion the feet and absorb shock and they give you an added bounce to your step.  Inside they're so comfortable and supportive and they don't rub at all.  Plus they're a true to size fit that doesn't slop around when I'm walking.

I've recently returned from Poland and I wore these for the whole trip for all of our excursions and they didn't hurt my feet once.  The black colour is great because it makes them look a little smarter and they went perfectly with all of my casual outfits.

Now as you know, I'm a big girl and my body does put a lot of pressure on my feet.  These shoes are honestly an absolute godsend for me as they enable me to walk far further than I could in other trainers and shoes.  I wanted to share them with you again on here as I know that its the time of the year when people do decide to become more active.

Plus if you take my suggestion of going for a short walk in the fresh air to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and energise you, then I'm sure they'll enable you to do so comfortable.  You can pick up your own pair in lots of different styles and colour ways here.

Do you often go for a walk to energise yourself?  How do you kick start your new year?

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  1. Reading this has really motivated me! I love walking and being out in the crisp fresh air at this time of the year but lately I've been lacking motivation until reading this! :) P.S Definitely checking out those sketchers!

  2. I love going for a walk. I was SO motivated to go for a walk earlier but it was so cold I rushed home after dropping Jack off at school. Mind you his school is about 3/4 of a mile away so a mile and a half walk is ok, right? Lol x

  3. There is nothing nicer than a nice walk, my husband can't walk far at the moment following an accident so it is just me and my dog these days I have walking boots as we got across muddy fields but these look great shoes for general walks

  4. I need to go and kick some ass and do some exercise. I have so little energy though.

  5. I go for a walk every night with a friend, though I do need better footwear to be yomping around in x

  6. I actually hate walking haha! I do it only if I need to. But I can totally see the appeal.

  7. I really love going for a walk, getting some fresh air really makes me feel so much better. I find this time of year can be tough and so getting out can make all the difference

  8. I think walking is great and actually post baby it was the one form of 'exercise' that really helped me. Walking shouldn't be underextimated for what it does to the body and mind. x

  9. I so need to start running again, or even just walking. I did nothing over the Christmas period at all! just sat there and stuffed my face. so when it came to walking the kids back to school, my legs hurt when I got home!! I couldn't believe how unfit I had become in just 2 weeks!

  10. This is a great post and it has made me realised how much I miss walking. I used to walk regularly, but I don't get the time these days apart from to and from work.

  11. Walking is something that I continuously do! I walk to school, walk home, can't be cooped up at home all day so going for a walk is something I enjoy.

  12. We walk daily...
    1. beacause we have dogs
    2... I find walk to be a perfect way to relax and unwind

  13. Great post. I am looking to get out more as I really would loose some weight. I have started to use my fitbit and have purchased some new shoes to go on walks round the local area.


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