The Wild Pair

Ask The Wild Pair: Getting In Hiking Shape

In Ask The Wild Pair on March 24, 2008 at 8:15 pm

q3 I want to go on a walking trip but I’m sadly out of shape. I used to play tennis and hike, but I dealt with a serious illness for three years and was unable to work out. How do I motivate myself to get back into shape? The walking trip is for all levels, but I feel as though I am below the lowest level.

a3Actually, even if you haven’t yet bought hiking boots or a gym membership, you are way ahead of the game. Why? Because you have a goal. You want to go on a walking trip. There’s something on the horizon and all you have to do is walk towards it. In our opinion, a varied approach to getting back into shape will work best. Walk with a friend. Pick up the tennis racquet again. Join a gym and take classes that appeal to you. Start lifting light weights. Within a week or three, if you are lucky, exercise will become a habit. Keep doing whatever you enjoy, stop doing what you don’t enjoy, and add more walking to your routine. Walk to the movies or to a market or even to work. Leave your car home whenever possible. Walk farther. Ask friends to walk with you. Try walking on hilly terrain. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to sign up for the walking trip–and not just at a beginner’s level.

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