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How to Get Started Walking - A Check List

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Is taking walks and spending time outdoors in nature new for you? You are not alone! It's easy to get started and you don't need any special equipment or knowledge.

Here are 7 easy "How To" steps to help you unplug from your screens, get out of your chair and start walking on a trail. We bet you'll love taking walks and spending time in nature in no time!

1. Decide when you are going to take a walk. Choose the day(s) and time(s) that fit into your schedule and add these to your calendar now.

2. Decide how much time you have for your walk. What is the simplest way to fit a short walk - between 20 and 45 minutes - into your day? You may want to take a longer walk on your weekend.

3. Decide where you are going to go. Choose a place and trail that is right for you.

Here are 5 easy steps to take to get outdoors with RI Walks.

  1. Register with RI Walks and set your goal.
  2. Select a trail - one that is easy for you to get to and that matches your walking ability and interest. It can be a trail that you already know. Or find a trail on ExploreRI that is near where you live. If you prefer to walk before or after work/school, you can find a trail near there.
  3. Plan & schedule the time(s) and days for your walks. When is it easiest to fit walking in your schedule? Add walks to your calendar.
  4. Start a routine and form a new habit. Ask yourself: What can I do to make walks part of my daily or weekly routine and a habit?
    • Set a "trigger" or two - something that reminds you and gets you to take a walk (in addition to putting your walk in your calendar) such as putting a sign on your (home/office) door, locker door, or bathroom mirror.
    • Invite a friend or family member to walk with you. Join someone else who already walks. Walk your dog;
  5. Log your walks on RI Walks so you can watch your progress toward your goal.  If your health care provider gave you a RI Walks serial number, RI Walks can send them reports on your walking activity.

4. Consider taking someone with you! Invite a friend, take your kids or just take your dog for a walk.

5. Preparing for your walk is easy.

6. Have fun on the trail.

7. Log your walk on RI Walks, rate the trail, write a review and post a photograph to your social media and the ExploreRI website description for the trail you walked. Tell friends about your walk and encourage them to join RI Walks. Rating the trail and posting a review helps other people know what to expect on a trail.

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