Top Walking Tips from 2018 PAWGUST PAWticipants
1. Schedule it in! Do mornings or pre-dinner walks. Although sometimes if it got to after dinner time we'd have to pull ourselves off the couch and just go!
2. Plan your walking routes to ensure you get your 30 minutes in.
3. Go on different adventures on the weekends - beach, parks, forest walks. Do something different - your dogs nose will love the new smells!
4. Get out there rain, hail or shine! You committed and people have donated to you so you have to do it!
5. Mix up your walking routes and time of day to keep it interesting.
Set yourself goals
There are no rules as to how many or how big or small your goals can be but make sure to set yourself S.M.A.R.T goals, these are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time based. Your PAWGUST goal is to walk 30 minutes a day for 30 days, but if this seems daunting try breaking it down into three 10 minute walks per day - this will keep you on track and ensure you reach your goal.
Organise your schedule
I know what you're thinking; you don't know if you'll have time to walk 30 minutes a day. That's where you're wrong! At the start of each week pull out your diary and book in walks around your work, study or other appointments. If you book them in (just like you would book in a doctor’s appointment) it will be much easier to stick to it.
Do exercise you enjoy
Whether it be a power-walk around the local park, a casual evening stroll, a run at the local dog park or a swim - start off doing things you and your dog enjoy! Don’t force yourself to do things that you don’t like - keep it fun and you'll both find it much easier to stick to your goal.
Enlist your friends and create a team
Having a friend, family member or colleague there to encourage, motivate and support you is the key to your success! Set a time to go for a walk with friends or family members - it will keep you motivated and give you something to look forward to. Plus, you can even set goals within those walks to spark some friendly competition and help you to keep improving!
Take your time
Remember it is not a race and everyone has their own pace. Nobody goes from sitting on the couch to being an elite athlete in a month and that is okay! Don’t forget – slow and steady wins the race!