Summer fitness guide: Walk it out

Walking for just 30 minutes a day can make a huge difference to your health and is perfect for those of us who aren’t able to get to the gym. If you need a little inspiration, put on your walking shoes and try getting in some steps one of these carefree ways.

Impromptu adventures

Need to be excited to go on a walk? Jump in the car and head to that place everyone is talking about on the ‘gram. Going for mini adventures is great for your soul and helps you exercise without you even realising it. Grab some girlfriends, pack a picnic and have a day out in the sun.

Take on the city

Whether you’re visiting a new city of you’re heading out to do some shopping in your own, putting on your walking shoes and do a little exploring. Walking around the shops, down by the waterfront or even between coffee stops can rack up the steps – you’ll be 30 minutes in before you even know it.

Romantic strolls

Grab your partner and head down to a local beach or scenic walk for a post dinner stroll. This is a great way to get both of you out of the house and gives you a chance to catch up on the work day.

Catch up with a friend

Everything is easier with a friend, so call up one of the girls and meet them for coffee and walk. There are a tonne of wonderful places to go for a leisurely stroll in every city so you won’t be short of options.

Get into nature

Not all nature walks have to be massive hikes, but if that is what you’re into, there are a tonne of beautiful hiking areas across the country. If you’re not feeling fit enough for that just yet, you can find little bush walks that will help bump up your heart rate and take you to see some stunning hidden gems. Tip: try and find a walk that leads you to a waterfall or a lookout as paths are usually well looked after and there are manageable stairs for most fitness levels.

Tip: Look up your local councils websites to find scenic walks in your area. Having a nice view can make all the difference if you’re trying to stay motivated.

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  1. Shelley Knowles February 28, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I love living in Christchurch. It so close to everything. The kids and I love going on adventures, one day to a lake, next to a river, a forest walk or the beach. Its exercising and getting us off the computers but it does not feel like it.

  2. Kym Moore February 26, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    We are so lucky, living in New Zealand. We are surrounded by amazing walks, bush and attractions. When I am looking for walks, I ask fri nds and also check DOC for their sites. There’s a lot out there. Even a walk around our local gardens can be fun and a great friend date.

  3. Amanda Carr February 12, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Walking is the main thing I like to do I don’t really like running and can walk around the farm when it’s not a really hot day. We have lots of walking tracks within 30 mins of where I live as well which are great.

  4. Hollie Laird February 6, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Where I live in Wanganui we have recently had a fitness group started up for people who enjoy walking but not at a serious level. Looking forward to being a part of it as I love to walk, whether it is just with the kids or with friends or shopping 🙂

  5. Vikki Sainsbury February 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Luckily where we are in Dunedin we can walk the city but also very close to some cool nature walks. Even the Botanic Gardens here have an awesome bush walk, plus beautiful plants and birds as well. We often get a picnic together and go down to the gardens for a stroll, then head up the hill to see the native birds, then bush walk it back down to the bottom, taking in the spectacular views on the way. Great way to keep up your fitness and see some great sights 🙂

  6. Sarah Blair February 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I love to walk, its the time for me to think, especially when I am walking by myself, now that the kids are back at school I will have to make more time for it!

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