Walking is a terrific form of exercise - it’s one of the few sports that uses the whole body. Here are great tips on creating a training plan, how to find the right shoes for you and much more. Click here to read and download our comprehensive week by week training guide.

Tip #1 - Starting out

You may already be quite fit and taking part in different sports, or this may be the very first time you have been motivated to get fit. Whatever your starting point, you must walk. Because of the muscles you will be using, no other form of exercise replaces walking. Don’t be fooled.You may go to the gym each week and have good stamina but your walking muscle strength may not be strong. On the other hand, maybe you have never taken part in any fitness program but you walk to work each day. You could already have good walking fitness and strength without even knowing it.

Tip #2 – How Walking Fit are you?

Before setting out on your training program it is a good idea to find your starting point in terms of fitness and ability and use that as your control. By walking too fast too soon, you can cause injury and strains. By walking too slowly you will not increase your fitness and, either way, you can easily lose your motivation before you even get started. By setting the correct pace for your fitness level you are taking the first successful step towards achieving your goal. You will also be getting the best from your body and consequently achieving the results you are aiming for while having fun.

Tip #3 – Choosing the right Shoes

You can start to Walk as soon as you leave your front door but there is one bit that you can't do without and that's the correct footwear. The beauty of Walking is that you can do it anytime and anywhere. While you may want to consider investing in a good pedometer, and an all-weather jacket, the only essential piece of equipment that you will need is a good pair of walk specific shoes. Your feet are going to need some tender, loving care so it really is worth spending some time on buying the right shoe. Injuries can be prevented by wearing a well fitting shoe that is comfortable and it is so much more fun walking without sore feet! Different sports put different demands on your feet so, just as you can buy running shoes and soccer cleats, a walk specific shoe is designed to support and protect the vulnerable parts of your feet while Walking. Walking or Cross Training shoes as they are often called can now be found in most sporting goods stores. Here are four important points to look out for. More...

Tip #4 – A Training Plan

When you enter one of our challenges we will send you a comprehensive training booklet. This covers everything from diet, tips on footwear, how to warm up and also our training plans. These plans have been put together by Nina who has had years of experience and has succeeded in helping over 437,000 walkers train for our challenges and cross the Finish Line - from 5K distances to the '4 marathons in 4 days' at the Nijmegen Marches and everything in between. So we would say that they are exactly what you need to help you attain the level of fitness you need to reach your chosen goal.More...

Tip #5 – Take a look at Nina’s book

The founder of Walk the Walk, Nina Barough, has written a book about discovering how to Power Walk and the astounding number of benefits that come with it. It is not only about learning how our bodies work, but also realizing that our attitudes and beliefs, what we eat and drink and even how we breathe, all create who we are. You will find out how small and simple changes can ultimately have a huge impact on your health, fitness, and quality of life. Learn more.