How to Keep Walking After Tuk
Walk to Tuk is over. The prizes have been awarded and the walking times have been tallied.
Walk to Tuk is the beginning of so many wonderful things – new friendships, a more active life, and an appreciation for the beautiful outdoors– and they shouldn’t end just because the Challenge is over. In fact, the best way to celebrate the end of Walk to Tuk is to keep it going!
Now, we realize this isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Without the prizes, encouragement, and check-ins that happen during Walk to Tuk, continuing your active lifestyle after the Challenge ends may take some work. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! There are lots of reasons and resources to help you out.
- Get Inspiration! If you’re at all
skepticalof the impact that continuing your Walk to Tuk habits can have on your life, read the story of Melissa Sangris. She talks about how she was able to lose weight, sleep better, have more energy throughout the day, feel happier, and cope with stressful situations better. Though we can’t guarantee you’ll experience all of these benefits, the chances are good that you’ll feel at least one or two.
- The warmer weather! Everyone who takes part in Walk to Tuk should be applauded. January and February are some of the most difficult months to get outside and become more active because it’s so cold and dark. Now it’s March and things are only getting better! The longer days mean you can spend more time outside walking without a headlamp and the warmer weather means you can even shed a few of those layers! In a few months, it will be the beginning of summer and you won’t need that parka at all (hopefully).
- Make it a part of your schedule! If your team captain isn’t suggesting a team walk every weekend, you might not even think to get outside. But reserving a time during your day or week to get out makes it much easier to keep the habit going. A brisk walk can be a fantastic way of waking up in the morning or a great way to let the stress melt off you after work. Whatever time works best for you, make it a habit and things become so much easier.
- Join a local walking/skiing/biking/running group or start one of your own. One of the most effective and enjoyable ways to keep your activity up after Walk to Tuk is to do it with others. There are fantastic groups all across the NWT that can help you do that. If you can’t find a group in your community that does your chosen activity, why not make it happen yourself– it is easier than you think. Just get some friends together, set a regular time, and put some posters up encouraging others to take part. You can even contact us ([email protected]) to help with promotion.
- Take advantage of the active areas in your community. Every community has spaces where you can be active, whether it’s the local recreation centre, walking paths, a park, or ski trails. Finding your active area will help you keep your active lifestyle going long after Walk to Tuk is over.