How many of us walk for 10 minutes a day? How many walk for longer?
I know that several ladies who attend my EXTEND and Medau classes walk to class and home again so they are getting more than the average amount of exercise.
How can you slip 10 minutes of walking into your day? A piece of music is between 3 and 4 minutes so in the comfort of your own home pick a few of your favourite songs and march on the spot or walk (with purpose) up and down the room. Add a few arm swings, tap your knee and before you know it you will be doing +10 minutes physical activity a day! Add a bit of balance work by standing on one leg while you are doing the washing up or cleaning your teeth. Take care not to kick the table, trip over the dog and if you are holding the TV remote control put it down so it does not accidentally fling out of your hand and smash something expensive or precious.
You might want to find a 'walking friend' to help you get out every day and you can encourage each other to walk 'a bit further and quicker'. Some prefer a spontaneous walk first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon but walking without a purpose can get a bit boring and you might need something to keep your brain occupied. If you have an iPod you can walk to your favourite songs or download stories and listen to books you might not read, or you can tune into your favourite radio station and programmes on a portable radio BUT, please watch the pavements and take care as you cross the roads.
Wherever you walk, be safe. Make sure you have your phone (charged) for photos of anything that catches your eye, and so you can call someone to pick you up if it starts raining! Slip a few coins in your pocket for a drink and don't forget to say hello to fellow walkers you may pass along the way.