I stopped in at Sainsbury’s the other day to buy a bunch of flowers, and I spotted this magazine on the shelf – ‘Womens Walking’
What? Does someone think women need a bi-monthly magazine to tell them how to walk now? Is this a joke? Is it April 1st?
Look, I don’t want to put down anyone who engages in physical exercise – walking is the #1 best exercise going and we should all walk every day and I regularly encourage you to get up, get out and go walk. So I am not down on walking, and not criticising anyone who pro-actively makes an effort to get out and walk more often. BUT, I think this is a classic example of the complete rip-off of the ‘diet and health industry’ that they try to cash-in on healthier lifestyles, by trying to convince people there is some kind of science around going for a walk. There isn’t, don’t fall for it. I did NOT look in the magazine, it would have likely wound me up too much…but what comes next, I can imagine, you probably need special shoes that cost £130 quid, and you need nutrition tips, a hydration pack, blister-resistant socks, a training plan?
The articles – kit guide, events, routes, weight loss. Folks, please don’t be fooled by the over-complication and over-scientific-complexity of going out for a walk…just walk! Any time, any place, any weather, just go for a walk. Do you think you need a ‘kit guide’ for that? Let me help:
Hydration – take a bottle of water.
Really long walk – take 3 bottles of water.
Fuel on long walks – take some food, carrots, apples, hard boiled eggs.
Lots of water and food to carry – get a rucksack – tends to have an opening at the top, you put stuff in then close it up and carry it.
Looks like it might rain – take a jacket.
Routes – find a hill, woods, a forest, a coastal path, looks for signs that say ‘Footpath’ – and go explore. Buy a local map.
Really, I just don’t think it needs to get any more complicated than that. You don’t need to spend a load of money. Read more