Ways to prep for the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk

2016-04-19 06:00
Photo: supplied eThekwini Mayor, James Nxumalo, and East Coast Radio presenter, Damon Beard, at the 2015 Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk.

Photo: supplied eThekwini Mayor, James Nxumalo, and East Coast Radio presenter, Damon Beard, at the 2015 Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk.

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ENTRIES arestreaming in for the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk on 22 May.

If you haven’t already signed up, make sure you hurry as only the first 30 000 entries will be accepted. Enter online at www.ecr.co.za or at selected Totalsports­ stores.

The annual event brings together people for a morning of exercise and great memories. Exercise improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, helps reduce cholesterol and blood glucose, helps to burn fat and maintain weight. Walking is low impact and a refreshing form of low intensity exercise.

All four routes get under way at different times from uShaka Marine World and all 30 000 walkers will cross the finish line at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.

With around six weeks to go before the event, lifestyle and fitness expert, Lisa Raleigh, has these tips to make sure you’re well prepped!

• Get advice. Talk to your doctor first before starting a new fitness programme, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time.

• Choose wisely. Correct walking shoes are light and fit comfortably. Walking long distances can put strain on different parts of your body, so it’s good to invest in quality footwear for both your training and the walk. Check that they fit properly and wear them in before the big day to avoid blisters.

• Dress smart. Wear comfortable, light, breathable clothes to avoid chafing.

• Drink up. Hydrate well and make sure you eat something an hour before you train or do the walk.

• Walk wisely. Keep a brisk pace to elevate your heart rate, but stay in a comfortable walking pace where you can still talk and not gasp for air.

• Chin up. Maintain good posture during your walk. Keep your chest up to avoid slouching.

• Don’t forget to stretch.

• Round up the troops. If you just can’t get going with your training schedule, find a walking buddy or join a club.

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