Earlier this year, in the beauty of the spring weather, I started taking a daily walk. I called it my Gentle Walk because the point of this walk was to provide myself with a daily dose of sunshine, an opportunity to breathe in the fresh air, a chance to see the sky, and the habit of moving my body in a way that didn’t create a feeling of stress. I began to look forward to my daily Gentle Walk.
On my walk, I would listen to audio books, enjoy a boost of energy, sip my walking water, and feel the benefits mentally and physically of adding small doses of movement to my daily routine. Along the way I learned what I needed for a successful warm-weather walk, and today I want to share my favorite walking ingredients!
These New Balances are my favorite walking shoes because they have lots of room in the toe box, superior cushioning, and last a really long time.
Looking cute and staying cool on my warm-weather walks is very important to me, and I am loving these skirts from Athleta.
I have found that purchasing a couple of really great shirts serves me better in the long run than lots of cheaper shirts that don’t fit well or wear out quickly.
I cannot say enough good things about all of the items from Athleta, but particularly their sports bras. They are my favorite, and after trying several styles, there’s not a bad choice.
Mandatory for every walk, every time (even if it’s cloudy), I love the Supergoop Play SPF 50 sunscreen. It absorbs easily and doesn’t have that typical sunscreen odor.
My walks are designed to be enjoyable, and listening to books is a contributing factor. It keeps my mind engaged and gives me something to look forward to when I lace up my shoes and head out into the heat.
Can’t walk without my sunnies! Sometimes I also wear a baseball hat for extra glare protection, but I also find that wearing a hat makes me feel sweatier when I walk in warm weather.
One of the delights of taking a gentle walk (vs. a ferocious power walk) is the ability to carry along your favorite hydrating beverage. I like this Yeti insulated jug because it keeps my water ice cold and provides an easy to hold handle. I also particularly like the chug top, which makes it easy to drink a lot of water without spilling, no straw required.
I’m not a fancy sock girl, but I do like these from Target. They are smooth inside and provide a little bit of snug support without going overboard.
If your legs don’t touch, I am happy for you. For the rest of us whose legs do touch when we walk, chafing can be a real buzz kill. Thigh Rescue by Mega Babe is a life-saver. I keep this on hand year round, and if you’re interested in a great follow, the founder Katie Sturino is doing amazing work in the body positivity space. I love following her and fully support her stance of changing harmful beauty standards in the fashion industry and culture at large. Her book is really great as well.