How do you build walking endurance?
Building endurance can be difficult, especially if you are just starting out. Here are five strategies that you can use to help build up your own walking endurance.
5 ways to Build Walking Endurance:
- Strength train your legs: Doing some simple leg-strengthening exercises can make walking feel much less taxing on the body. Try doing some air squats or lunges on days you know you won’t be walking very much.
- Walk with a buddy or music: Sometimes you just need a distraction! Walking with a friend (pets included!) can help with your endurance. If you’re alone, then walking with music will also distract you from your tired-ness.
- Take different routes: If you are doing the same route over & over again (including the treadmill) then it is unlikely you will see very much improvement over time. Mixing up your walking routes makes things interesting, and gives you new challenges to tackle, whether it be a hill, a flight of stairs, or a longer route than usual.
- Mix up your cardio: If you struggle with the cardio part of walking, mixing up your cardio can help improve your endurance! Try swimming or biking once a week, along with your walking routine.
- Take a break, but don’t stop until you’re done: Have you ever cut a walk short because you were tired? It’s ok to stop and take a break, but aim to finish your full walk instead of ending it early.