Walking is a wonderful way to show ourselves some gentle loving kindness. Such a simple, free and easy way to keep fit and healthy. It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends and immerse ourselves in the wonder and beauty of the world around us.
Walking is beneficial for the mind and body. It can help us relax and calm down. Rediscover our sense of perspective and banish feelings of overwhelm and stress. As our thoughts wander, new ideas, opportunities and possibilities reveal themselves.
Or as meditation we can sink deep within our bodies, feeling each step and revelling in the repetition, the motion and the momentum that keeps us moving forward.
Walking can be beneficial for many existing health conditions and lowers our risk of developing heart disease. Walking gently tones the muscles, strengthens the heart and lungs and is easier on the joints than most other forms of exercise.
Yet there are some seasons in life where it can be difficult to find the time or energy to go for long walks outside. For those times when you just can’t, or you don’t want to leave home for a long hike in the wilderness, there is an alternative. Check out the wonderful world of walking at home with these inspiring YouTube channels…
Jessica is the longest serving YouTuber on my list. Her channel was set up in 2009 and since then she has uploaded over 400 videos. You’ll find many different styles of workouts ranging from just 8 minutes to an hour in length. My favourites are her 1 mile walk and talks where she gives great motivational advice and the time just flies by. Jessica is usually joined by her cute dog Peanut and her lovely mum has been known to pop up now and then too.
As I write this, Lesley has the most subscribers of this little bunch and often the most company in her videos too. She has a lovely crew of regulars who walk along with her lending a real community feel to the sessions. One of whom, Nick, is currently fronting her 6 week New Year challenge and pops up at the start of every new week to spur us on. Nick kicked off the challenge with a fab 15 minute walk that would be a great place to start your walking at home adventure. Or if you’re really pushed for time Leslie’s 5 minute belly blasting workout could be just what you’re looking for.
Lucy is based in the UK and has, by far, the most video uploads on this list. She has a whopping 800 plus videos to choose from, including many that target specific areas of the body. You can feast your eyes on some beautiful woodland and spectacular views on her virtual walks or try some high intensity interval training (HIIT). Lucy’s style is warm and engaging and she provides clear and easy to follow instructions for all the moves she sprinkles in among the walking. These workouts are a real joy to do.
Within these three channels, there’s bound to be something for everyone. But as an extra little gift for you and me I recently discovered two more walk at home channels that I’m definitely going to be checking out further.
A real newbie on the block, this channel only has 10 videos as I write this post but I look forward to seeing more from them. The videos are all music and no chatter. Instruction is given via hand signals and text prompts and as much as I love listening to my faves up above, this is a refreshing idea. The latest video is called Snowga, can’t wait to give that a try.
Keaira’s channel is massively popular with over 600,000 subscribers. So far I’ve only had a chance to try out a couple of her dancing and kickboxing workouts. They were quite a challenge but loads of fun. I’m keen to have a go at her 3 and 5 mile walks. Keaira’s cool and confident with tons of energy, certainly a channel to explore more.
Now, enough of this reading lark, go get walking people and let me know how you get on. I’d love to hear about any other great walking workout channels out there. And if you have any other useful tips on how to fit exercise into a busy family life, they would most certainly be gratefully received.