Welcome to the The Fitness Walking Chronicles! Thank you for your interest in this newsletter and The-Fitness-Walking-Guide.com.

I hope February finds you well! In this edition, you’ll find helpful tips to:

  • Set a fitness walking goal.
  • Download a free walking log to track your progress.
  • Join a walking group.
  • Mall walking.
  • Healthy eating tip!

Set a Fitness Goal!

Have you set a fitness walking goal for the New Year? If you answered “yes”, congratulations! You’re already on your way to feeling and looking better this year.

And if you haven’t set a walking goal, why not make one today? For example, planning to walk “thirty minutes per day, six days this week,” is better than planning to walk “more” this week.

Why? The first goal is specific and measurable, which will help you to stay focused and motivated. Give it a try and see what happens. Here are some great tips to help you set a fitness goal.

To track your progress, download this free walking log.

You can use it to track your weekly mileage, minutes walked and much more. It is very inspirational to review your progress and see how far you’ve come.

Try Something New!

If you’d like to meet others who are as committed to walking as you are, consider joining a walking group. You’ll make new friends and be surrounded by others who want to live a healthy lifestyle.

The American Volkssport Association has a listing of walking clubs in most cities throughout the United States. If you don't live in the U.S., try a quick internet check for walking groups in your area.

And if the weather in your neighborhood prevents you from walking as much as you’d like, give mall walking a try. You can join a group of individuals who will help you achieve your goals. And you’ll get to walk in a safe, climate-controlled location!

Healthy Eating Tip!

Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet will leave you feeling fuller longer while packing your diet full of important nutrients. Here’s a great idea for getting more into your meals.

Try adding some veggies to your pasta sauce. For example, you can add some steamed broccoli or zucchini to a low-fast pasta sauce.

Or, add pureed carrots or squash and you’ll never know they are there. My favorite shortcut is to buy pureed baby food (carrots or squash) and add it to my tomato sauce. Sounds strange, I know! But you can’t even taste it and you'll save yourself some time pureeing food.

Happy fitness walking to you!

All the best, Melissa