Now I get what you’re probably already saying to yourself. It’s just walking, how hard can it be? I don’t really need any kind of specialized equipment just to take a walk, right?
While that’s partially true, and walking is really good because it has that low barrier of entry because you can just go out and do it without any kind of specialized equipment, there are definitely things that you can buy that will help you make your walks more effective and more comfortable.
Here’s some good choices for walking equipment you might want to consider picking up.
1. Good walking shoes.
When doing any kind of distance exercise (walking, running, jogging, etc.) it’s super important to make sure that you’re wearing the right kind of shoes. Just going out in your flats will work for a while, but walking in regular or “house” shoes will end up destroying the shoe and can even leave your feet sore and potentially lead to injury. Try to go for a pair of specifically walking or running shoes that have good arch support and that your feet will be comfortable in when you’re on hem for an extended period of time. Also make sure that your toes fit comfortably, you don’t want them cramped or squashed and sore halfway through a walk.
2. A pedometer or fitness tracker.
Neither of these is really required to have an effective walking experience, but they can really go a long way in helping you to monitor and track how much your walking is helping you. A pedometer or fitness tracker (either an actual accessory or a related phone app) will give you a better idea of just how much you’re walking so you can see numbers next to your effort. Rather than just “around the block” you’ll get to see how much you’re walking and get a little better information on how effective your walking really is.
3. A water bottle/water carrier.
Staying hydrated is an important part of any kind of exercise, so don’t forget to keep a water bottle with you while you’re walking. Even if walking is a low impact exercise, it’s still important to keep water with you to avoid dehydration or muscle strain. If you’re not a fan of plain water, try an infuser bottle for a little bit of extra flavor. If you plan on walking a longer distance and don’t want to carry a bottle with you, consider something like a CamelBak water pack for “hands free hydration”.
4. Proper fitness clothing.
While not necessary, this is another one of those things you can pick up that can make your walks more comfortable and enjoyable. Especially during colder times or winter months, lightweight fitness clothes like “Under Armour” that protects against the cold without weighing you down although anything lightweight and breathable makes a good walking choice. If you plan on walking or exercising in a low light situation (the evening or morning winter hours) make sure to wear something reflective to stay safe from road dangers.