I don´t know about you but I have found this summer to be very hot and sticky and it´s been especially hard to get up in the mornings and get my morning exercise. I am not a morning person at the best of times but I find the hot weather makes me lethargic and it can take a bit longer than normal to get myself up and running each morning during the summer months.
For this reason I generally try to leave my training until the late afternoon or early evenings most days, but the problem with this is that sometimes your plans for the day can change and before you know it it´s time to go to bed.
To make a refreshing change over the past couple of weeks my partner and I have been taking our dog for a morning walk which has been good for us all. Not only does it help us wake up in the morning but it means that we all get some exercise and take in some fresh air and the sights and sounds of our surroundings.
We are lucky that living in a semi-rural area we can take a walk of approximately 1 hour in length which takes us down a few quiet country lanes, past fields where we can see the various local produce growing as well as along a riverside path and finally through a local village.
We always stop approximately three quarters of the way along so that we can all have a rest as well as our morning caffeine fix until making the rest of the way home where we arrive feeling invigorated and ready to face the day ahead.
I would recommend this kind of walk especially to those who spend most of their day sitting indoors and lead a fairly sedentary lifestyle as it gets you outdoors. Personally, I try and make it a little harder by wearing either my toning flip flops or during winter months my toning trainers which activates the leg muscles. Another idea is to add some ankle or arm weights.
Walking is also excellent if you are trying to give your body a rest of for those with back problems and in my opinion it makes a great start to the day.