Walking is the simplest way to stay active – it improves circulation, mobility, core strength and even boosts energy levels and mood. It is a great way to improve health and overall well-being. However, once winter approaches, people may find it harder to stay active and exercise.

Regardless of the season, it is important to keep active. The fresh air and movement can provide great mental and physical benefits, making walking in the colder weather a refreshing and invigorating experience.

Here are some tips to help you get moving in the colder months and make the most of your walks:

  • Set goals and track your progress – walking each day is a commitment and your whole body will thank you for it. Setting goals and tracking your progress can be very encouraging and motivating.
  • Start slowly – walking doesn’t need to take up too much time. Start slowly and gradually build up your walking pace and duration.
  • Warm up and cool down – warming up slowly raises your body temperature and may help reduce risk of injury while cooling down allows the body to gradually bring down the heart rate.
  • Stay hydrated – this is just as important in winter as it is in the warmer months. Make sure to drink water before starting your walk and re-hydrate when you have completed your walking session.
  • Be prepared – check the weather conditions before you begin your walk. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing so you are comfortable.
  • Be mindful of your posture – maintain an upright posture throughout and breathe fully and deeply.

Join the Just Start Walking community by downloading the Just Start Walking app. Track your progress, find walking routes and join local walking events.

For more information on maintaining a healthy spine, please visit the website of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia at www.chiropractors.asn.au