We all learn to walk at a young age, so walking is as natural as breathing - or so I thought! Apparently I don't do either right!
Swinging my hips is a no no, panting and gasping for breath - another no no, embarrassment to my daughter - the biggest no no of them all. So I stopped swinging my hips as I walked her up to school and tried to relax into a brisk pace.
It does help to have a lovely place to walk, a forest, the park or a canal path would be great. The main road didn't have the same aura
about it and the coughing and spluttering added to the look of desperation but at least I was out and moving more!
The weather has been a bit hit and miss this week so it's been more of a challenge dodging the rain, sleet and snow but I was determined (wet and cold - but determined!)
To help me with the walking part of my resolution I went along to my local library and got a book out called 'Walking for Weight Loss', it's really good and I would highly recommend it. As I said earlier, apparently I'm not doing it right (story of my life).
Women normally walk at 3 mph as an average, if you want to lose weight then you need to walk a bit faster, 4 -6 mph will help you cover a mile in 10 - 13 minutes and contribute to your weight loss. It's great if, like me, you are 5 foot 10 inches but when I went walking with my mum she was practically sprinting alongside (bless her little legs! Sorry mum). Do what feels comfortable for you.
There are some great books and websites, such as this one http://walking.about.com/ about walking for weight loss and health. If you fancy giving it a go, log on and check out some of Wendy's top tips.
TOP TIP: Walk a Dog - or borrow one.
As I've discovered this week - walking hasn't just helped my weight loss (another 1 lb!) It also lifts your mood (when you get away from the choking smog of the main road that is!) There are loads of emotional benefits of walking - increased energy, less stress, better sleep and it can relieve your PMS, hurrah!
Alongside the emotionally upbeat feelings you also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol and a whole host of other nasties! It's got to be worth throwing on a good pair of trainers or walking boots and popping out for a stroll.
I have a photograph stuck on my fridge of Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) that is keeping me going with my 'Move More' resolution - this is what I hope to look like by the end of 2013 - no problem!!
Watch this space (not sure about hotpants for the school run though!?)
Next week is half term for us so I think I will challenge the kids to a Dance Off - Wii Fit alert!