Outdoor Walking Routine
At the Track:
On most tracks, four laps equals 1 mile. Walking
a track, you will want to count laps rather than minutes as on a treadmill. Since there is no actual speed
to abide by, use your heart rate as a guide on how much you are exerting yourself. Rule of thumb:
You should be breathing semi-heavily, able to talk but not sing at about 70% of your heart rate.
Warm-Up - Comfortable speed
Take Slower Longer Strides
Medium Speed/Longer Strides
Fast Walk 1/4 track, lunge-walk* 1/4 track, repeat
it for a cool down
Do a few slow squat walks now and then, dropping the back knee to the ground, then pressing up with
the front leg. This will work your butt and hamstring muscles well.
If you have the option of bleacher, take a few walks up and back down them. The upward walk
will work your lower body and your cardiovascular system. The downward walk will serve as a great cool down and promotes
healthy circulation to the legs and feet.
On the Trail
If you have a hilly or winding trail, use the following plan.
You will want to count minutes and walk or hike for 30-40 minutes. The more you encounter different surfaces,
the more you will work all leg and butt muscles. Be sure to climb up or over obstacles and tighten your leg and butt
muscles when doing so.
Since no two trails are alike, use this routine as a rough
- Warm up at a moderate pace for 3-5 minutes
- Fast walk with smaller strides on flat surfaces to get
your heart pumping
- Also use the grapevine (walk sideways crossing over
and behind foot for 20 paces. Do other side.
- Semi-hilly - use steady, fast-paced hiking
- On hills, take long strides and work your butt muscles
- Next hill...Run or fast walk up it
- Or...walk it backwards (look for obstacles first)
- Cool down for 3-5 minutes with a medium, then casual walking
If you local park has a walking track, by all means...USE IT! Make it your goal to get
around it once, then twice, then maybe more, depending on its length. Getting out in the fresh air can enchance the
enjoyment of your walks.