I also joined a hiking group and that was never boring because we went to various state parks and walking trails, took different routes, or started the routes from a different directions. Some walks were more challenging than others. There were always different people going and different things to see on the hike.
What tips would you give someone just starting a walking program?
I lost inches and dropped several dress sizes (from a 14 to a size 8 or 6). I have more self-confidence and self-esteem. I have more energy; I sleep better at night. And I have a more positive attitude! I’ve noticed a difference in my relationships with others because I feel better about myself!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with other walkers?
Just do it! The hardest part is starting and then finding ways to stay motivated. I would plug into a support group such as SparkTeams or the SparkPeople Message Boards. You can also exercise with a buddy and set up a reward system for motivation. I would also recommend varying your program to avoid boredom and also to prevent your body from getting used to the routine.