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If you can walk 2.75 miles a day, 20 miles a week for 50 weeks, you can walk 1000 miles in a year!
Welcome to the 1000 mile Challenge
Improve Your Life One Step at a Time!
Make the Commitment to yourself! Join us in this challenge
YOU'VE TAKEN THE FIRST STEP TO TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE!
When you register for this challenge you will receive:
Supportive community through our Whispers of Nature Facebook Group
Improve Your Life One Step at a Time!
As always, before you begin a new exercise program, check with your doctor first. As long as you’re cleared for exercise, walking for weight loss is a great place to start. These tips will help you create a walking fitness plan that fits within your abilities and helps you lose weight.
- Begin slowly.
Even though walking is as natural as breathing, you still need to give your body time to adapt to the increased demands you’re putting on it. So don’t begin your walking program with a 10-mile hike. If you’ve been inactive for several years, begin with as little as 15 minutes walking per day, five or six days per week.
- Note your starting point.
Can you sustain 15 minutes of continuous walking without becoming overly tired or sore the next day? If not, dial it back to 10 minutes per day. If 15 minutes is comfortable, keep up that level for a week before you try to increase your time.
- Find the right pace.
There is no right speed to walk–there is only a right speed for you. The pace that’s right for you is the pace you can sustain for 15 minutes at a time, gradually building up to 30 minutes. You should be breathing deeply, but not out of breath or gasping for air. You should be able to talk, but not sing.
- Keep Track of your course.
When you’re just getting started, the time you spend walking is more important than the distance you cover, but it can be comforting to know where you’re going and fun to track where you’ve been. Whether you’re at home, at your in-laws, or on a trip, you can easily keep track of your course.
- Challenge yourself, but be smart!
If your goal is weight loss, you want to build up to walking at least 30 minutes and preferably 60 minutes per day, at least five or six days per week. But don’t expect to reach your goal in a week or two. Plan to increase the time you spend walking by about 10% per week, and you’ll continue to progress without risking overuse injury and fatigue. (That means it will take you about 3 months to build up from 15 minutes per day to 30 minutes per day.)
- Track your progress.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re chasing fitness goals, financial goals or personal goals; tracking your progress makes you more likely to hit your target. Keeping a log of your walks gives you concrete proof that you’re doing what you set out to do, and that you’re making steady progress toward your goal.
- Think tortoise, not hare.
You remember the story of the tortoise and the hare; the slow and steady tortoise beats the speedy hare who gets distracted and loses sight of his goal. Walking is a very moderate exercise program, and you’re not going to lose 10 pounds a week. But if you combine regular, moderate walking with a healthy diet, you can develop the lifestyle habits that will help you lose weight over time and keep it off for good.
- You talk.
Whispers of Nature 1000 Mile Challenge has the best Facebook group in the world! You can get ideas, help, make friends, share your walks, arrange meet-ups or just shoot the breeze.
- You Celebrate!
We celebrate every milestone, in Photos, Facebook, Badges, and Certificates.
If you lost the weight, walked the miles, celebrated a birthday, graduation or anniversary while
walking or hiking, any reason to celebrate, we want to know and celebrate with you.
An invitation to Whispers of Nature Annual Celebration Event where you will be
recognized for your awesome transformation and accomplishment, and awarded your
Patch and Certificate.
- You will receive a 500 or/and 1000 mile embroidered patch. Completed challenge patch.
- A Certificate of Completion.
A Whispers of Nature T-Shirt of your choice
THIS WILL BE AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.
At the beginning you may become tired, sore and discouraged, but please do not give up. Do not quit. Get a partner, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, a walking partner will make all the difference.
Other than a walking partner, the next best thing you need is a good pair of sneakers; don't wear the ones you've had for several years, get a good pair, and good doesn't mean expensive, and start walking.
Pace yourself when you first get started, keep a log of your walks, write your distance of course, but write if you saw something awesome, or went a different route, make a note if you were winded or sore. You'll soon realize that you are enjoying more, seeing more, embracing it more and then you'll look back and say, I can't believe I walked that far! I CAN DO THIS!
We WILL DO IT!
If you’re a beginning exerciser or a busy Baby Boomer or Senior, walking is the easiest exercise to get you on your way to losing weight. It’s easy to integrate into your daily routine, and for most people it’s a really painless way to increase your activity level.
Did you know?
A typical number of steps per mile is between 2,000 and 2,500 steps.
Below is a simple estimation to help you determine yours steps.
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Track Your Walks
Please download our Walking Log to keep track of your walks and help yourself stay motivated.