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28-day walking plan: getting started

Whether you want to lose weight or get fit, our plan will help you achieve your goals

The health facts about walking are indisputable: If you want to drop the kilos, doing it regularly can deliver lasting results. Going along at a brisk pace for just 45 minutes at least four times a week could help you lose up to 8 kg a year without even changing your diet. And with longer days and a hint of summer in the air, now is the perfect time to start our 28-day walking plan. It’s easy, fat-burning and free!

 

Whether you want to lose weight or get fit, our plan will help you achieve your goals.

If you’ve never done any regular exercise before, you don’t need to attempt anything too ambitious – start small and build gradually. But be warned: what starts with a 20 minute walk around the block can quickly become addictive. The combination of feeling fitter, your newly toned shape and all that fresh air is an intoxicating mix, and it won’t be long before you’re going further and faster than you ever imagined possible.

 

Here are a few tips on how to get started:

1. Think Big

But set yourself small, manageable targets week by week.  You need to imagine and visualize your end goal, but take small steps to get there and mark your successes along the way.

 

2. Find A Walking Pal

There will be days when you don’t feel like walking and they do, and vice versa, so you’ll motivate each other to keep going.

 

3. Believe in Yourself

A big part of your success will be self-belief. If you think can, you will. Having a mantra that you repeat to yourself in your head can really help.

 

Our walking plan gives you the basics you need to get going and improve your fitness over 28 days.

Look out for our weekly update!

 

Source: Good Housekeeping UK, March 2010

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