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Tips to get moving in winter

Sometimes it can feel harder to get outdoors for a walk during winter. At first glance, it can seem cold, damp and not particularly inspiring. However, a winter stroll offers a refreshing change of pace, and can work wonders for your mind and body.

Below are a few ideas for taking small steps (pun intended) to help you get outdoors and active during winter:

  • start slow: trial a 5 or 10 minute walk before gradually increasing in length
  • invest in cold weather gear: if you are dressed warmly, you will be more comfortable and be able to enjoy the walk more. See our tips on dressing for cold weather walking
  • make walks fun: listen to podcasts or music that lifts you up or use your walks as a time to call your friends and family to catch up
  • schedule walks when you’re already bundled up: take a walk just before you leave the house or right after arriving home
  • walk with others: pencil in walking dates with friends, or join a local walking group
  • challenge yourself: set a steps goal or sign up for a charity fundraising walk. Join the free 10,000 Steps program to see how tracking your steps helps motivate you to move more.

Why not give walking a go this winter? As little as 10 minutes can work wonders for your day.

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