Frequently Asked Questions, here are some common questions and answers about walking
Do I need to be fit to take up walking?
Walking is one of the best and most accessible forms of exercise if you are just starting out on your fitness journey. But we understand that starting something new can be daunting. Take a look at our Getting Started Walking article to find out more.
Do I need walking boots to take up hiking?
Walking boots are more durable than the average trainer and we would recommend buying a pair if you intend to go hiking. To increase the longevity of your boots, you will need to clean them regularly.
What do I need to take with me when hiking?
There are a number of items that we recommend carrying with you when you go out hiking that will aid both your safety and comfort. Find out more in our hiking essentials guide.
Where can I find digital maps for walking?
There are a number of different websites that you may want to visit to find a digital map for your next walk. We recently highlighted 7 of the best hikes in the UK and you can use some of those websites we have linked to, to help find your own routes.
Where can I find walking routes locally?
When you are just starting out, knowing where the best places are to walk locally can be one of the main hurdles to getting started. Our guide to where you can walk will help you find your way.
Is walking good for your heart?
We would always recommend checking any specific medical concerns you have with your doctor. However, as a general rule, walking does have a number of benefits to your heart and cardiovascular system. Take a look at our post on heart rate when walking for more useful tips on things you can look out for.
Can I lose weight walking?
In order to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit and getting sufficient exercise allows you to burn calories which is one side of that equation. Find out how walking can help you lose weight here.
What is power walking?
There are a number of different types of walking and power walking are one of them. Find out how a brisk walk, or power walk, can be a simple, yet effective exercise.
Walking Challenges UK
Walking challenges are hugely popular with all abilities of walkers, offering a large number of scenic terrains and distances. Go up the 3 largest mountains in England with the 3 Peaks Challenge. Find your next walking challenge today