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• Food • Activity • Mindset • Sleep
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Easy walking plan
Go from the couch to brisk walking for 30 minutes in just four weeks with our
step-by-step plan
By WWI
Always been a bit of a couch potato? Then we’ve got good news. This easy-to-follow four-week plan will help you work up to walking (without stopping!) for 30 minutes. Even better news? A brisk walk is just as good for you as slow jogging – yet it’s low-impact, kinder on joints and easier if you’re new to exercise. Let’s get started!

Level: Beginner
Average workout length: 15-20 minutes
Getting started: The plan is spread across four weeks, which feels achievable, even if you’re a beginner. If you find the first week a little too easy, start on a different week that matches your fitness level and work up from there. And, if you’re not quite ready to move on, don’t worry. You can always repeat a week until you feel ready.
*Start every session by walking at a slower pace for 5 minutes to warm up, and remember to stretch after the session to ‘cool down’ your muscles.

Week 1
Monday
Walk for 10 minutes continuously, at a low intensity.
*Are you at the right intensity? Try talking or singing as you walk – if you can do it easily, you’re at the right level.
Tuesday: Walk for 10 minutes continuously, at a low intensity.
Wednesday: Walk for 10 minutes continuously, at a low intensity.
*Make a playlist of your favorite songs that roughly add up to 10 minutes – that way, you won’t be watching the clock!
Thursday: Today is an optional rest day. If you need a break, take it! But if you’re keen to try something new, get stuck into any other activity you enjoy, like dancing, cycling, or a class. Even though you won’t be training, remember to make an effort to move as much as you can.
Friday: Walk for 15 minutes continuously, at a low intensity.
*If you’ve got a Fitbit or pedometer, wear it – you’ll be able to track how many steps you’re able to do, which will motivate you to finish!
Saturday: Walk for 15 minutes continuously, at a low intensity.
Sunday: Today is a rest day. Even though you won’t be training, remember to make an effort to move as much as you can.

Week 2
Monday: Walk for 15 minutes continuously, at a low intensity.
Tuesday: Walk for 15 minutes continuously, at a low-to-moderate intensity. Time to push yourself!
*Not ready to up the intensity? Try alternating 1 minute of each intensity, so you’ll build up your stamina.
Wednesday: Walk for 15 minutes continuously, at a low intensity.
Thursday: Walk for 15 minutes continuously, at a low-to-moderate intensity.
*Try walking at a moderate intensity for most of your walk. You can do it!
Friday: Walk for 15 minutes continuously, at a low intensity.
Saturday: Walk for 15 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
*Want an easy way to up the ante? Choose a route with a few small hills to challenge yourself.
Sunday: Today is a rest day. Even though you won’t be training, remember to make an effort to move as much as you can.

Week 3
Monday: Walk for 20 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
*Switch up your route or bring along a buddy to keep things interesting.
Tuesday: Walk for 20 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
Wednesday: Walk for 20 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
*Time to bulk out that playlist! Try alternating your intensity from song to song.
Thursday
Walk for 20 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
Friday
Walk for 20 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
*Add a burst of speed every few minutes – like when you reach a lamppost or every fifth house.
Saturday: Walk for 20 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
Sunday: Today is an optional rest day. If you’re keen to try something new, get stuck into any other activity you enjoy, like dancing, cycling, or a class. Whatever you do, try to keep moving as much as possible.

Week 4
Monday: You’re nearly there! Walk for 30 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
*Plan a little reward for the end of the week, like some new exercise gear.
Tuesday: Walk for 30 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
Wednesday: Walk for 30 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
*Feeling a little tired? Try a moderate walk, with short bursts of high intensity.
Thursday: Walk for 30 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
Friday: Walk for 30 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
*Up your training by walking up hills or stairs – it’ll increase the intensity, and it’s also a brilliant bum workout!
Saturday: Walk for 30 minutes continuously, at a moderate-to-high intensity.
*You’ve made it! Finish strong and reward yourself.
Sunday: Today is a rest day. Even though you won’t be training, remember to make an effort to move as much as you can – and congratulate yourself on a job well done!
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