When taking on a walking challenge you must first create a set of rules.
Rules help give a challenge structure and enable you to plan your life around it with sacrificing too much.
In the 3000 mile challenge I took on in 2016 there were only a few rules but for my 2018 adventure I decided to be a bit more strict with myself to ensure I get the most from the challenge.
So what are the rules of the 4000 mile challenge?
The rules are fairly simple –
- Only miles walked outside of the daily norm (walking at work or in the home etc) will be logged.
- The distance of each walk has to be recorded using a GPS enabled device such as a GPS enabled smartphone app, GPS watch or dedicated GPS unit.
- A minimum of 3.5 miles must be walked each day.
- No binge walking will be allowed e.g. if a day is missed then it can’t be made up for by walking double the distance next day.
- Safety will be observed at all times.
- If an injury occurs or one is suspected then professional advice will be sought as soon as possible.
- A healthy diet must be adopted and maintained throughout the duration of the challenge.
- While undertaking the challenge it is important to encourage others to get out walking.
Set yourself a challenge
Taking on your own walking challenge is a good way of not only improving your overall well-being but it really does change your view of what is possible.
You don’t have to opt for a huge number of miles you could start off with a goal of 10, 50 or 100 miles. The number of miles doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you are getting out there and working towards a goal that you once thought wouldn’t be possible.
I guarantee that you will not only find out a lot more about yourself and your abilities but you will also learn more the environment around you.
Go for it!
About Sean : Sean Makin is the founder of Walk Fife and is one of the volunteer coordinators behind the Walk Fife website and community.
Sean presents our regular audio podcast and can often be found walking along the Fife Coastal Path and over the Lomond Hills. You can follow Sean through his twitter account at @SDMakin and you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org