Walking workouts are a wonderful way to show ourselves some gentle loving kindness. Walking is a simple, free and easy way to keep fit and healthy. It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends and immerse ourselves in the wonder and beauty of the world around us.
Walking is beneficial for the mind and body. It can help us relax and calm down. Rediscover our sense of perspective and banish feelings of overwhelm and stress. As our thoughts wander, new ideas, opportunities and possibilities reveal themselves.
Or as meditation. Sinking deep within our bodies, revelling in the repetition, the motion and momentum as each step moves us ever forward.
Walking can be beneficial for many existing health conditions and lowers our risk of developing heart disease. Walking gently tones the muscles, strengthens the heart and lungs and is easier on the joints than most other forms of exercise.
Yet there are some seasons in life where it can be difficult to find the time or energy to go for long walks outside. For those times when you just can’t, or you don’t want to leave home for a long hike in the wilderness, there is an alternative. Check out the wonderful world of walking at home with these inspiring YouTube channels…
Jessica is the longest serving YouTuber on my list with other 400 videos. She has many different styles of walking workouts ranging from just 8 minutes to an hour in length. My favourites are her 1 mile walk and talks where she gives great motivational advice and the time flies by. Jessica is usually joined by her cute dog Peanut and her lovely mum has been known to pop up now and then too.
As I write this, Lesley has the most subscribers of this little bunch and often the most company in her videos too. She has a lovely crew of regulars who walk along with her lending a real community feel to the sessions. One of whom, Nick, hosts the annual 6 week New Year challenge, popping up at the start of every new week to spur us on. Due to some back and knee problems at the start of the year I’m currently walking my way through the challenge, a little later than usual 🙂 Leslie has so many 15 minute, one mile walks to choose from. All great places to start your walking workouts adventure. Or if you’re really pushed for time Leslie’s 5 minute belly blasting workout could be just what you’re looking for.
Lucy is based in the UK and has, by far, the most video uploads on this list. She has a whopping 800 plus videos to choose from, including many that target specific areas of the body. You can feast your eyes on some beautiful woodland and spectacular views on her virtual walks. Or try some high intensity interval training (HIIT). Lucy’s style is warm and engaging. And she provides clear and easy to follow instructions for all the moves she sprinkles in amongst the walking. These walking workouts are a real joy to do.
Within these three channels, there’s bound to be something for everyone. But as an extra little gift for you and me I recently discovered two more walk at home channels that I’m definitely going to be checking out further.
Gina was once a professional Ballroom and Latin dancer and incorporates dance into most of her videos. There are even themed 80s, 90s and disco walks 🙂 And if you’re looking for a gentle introduction to walking workouts, she has a Dance that Walk series for absolute beginners, building up from just 5 minutes walking to 50. Perfect if you’ve been feeling out of shape for a while.
Keaira’s channel is massively popular with almost 800,000 subscribers. So far I’ve only had a chance to try out a couple of her dancing and kickboxing workouts. They were quite a challenge but loads of fun. I’m keen to have a go at her 3 and 5 mile walking workouts. She’s cool and sassy with tons of energy, certainly a channel to explore more.
Now, enough of this reading lark, go get walking people and let me know how you get on. I’d love to hear about any other great walking workout channels you’ve discovered. And if you have any useful tips on how to fit more exercise into a busy family life, let us know in the comments, all ideas gratefully received 🙂 Enjoy x