Welcome to Whalley Warm & Dry's 'Beginners Guide to Walking'. We hope this guide will give you the information and inspiration you need to take up this fantastic hobby. As Charles Dickens once said, "Walk to be healthy, walk to be happy".
Studies have shown that walking has some pretty amazing health benefits, from lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s, to beating those sugary cravings and even reducing your risk of early death! Hippocrates was right "walking is the best medicine.”
Walking is the perfect activity for all ages and abilities and you can do it almost anywhere at any time. You can easily incorporate it into your daily life and once you've bought the essentials, it's free - no endless monthly gym fees!
With some help from our wonderful customers, we have created this beginners guide to walking packed with useful hints and tips to help get you started.
1. happy feet = happy walker!
Footwear is the number one priority in terms of kit and is certainly not a step to be skipped or rushed. If you don’t choose walking footwear correctly you end up with sore toes and blisters, plus you’re out of pocket- ouch! Our customers often complain that prior to visiting us they have spent a small fortune amassing a wardrobe full of ill-fitting footwear that they cannot bare to wear. It therefore pays in comfort, money and time to be properly fitted for walking boots or shoes.
If you’re footwear has been properly fitted, you won’t need to go through the agony of “breaking-in” the boots.
Unfortunately there is an inherent myth that blisters are inevitable in walking footwear but this is not true. It is possible with properly fitting, appropriate footwear to avoid the endurance test that walking can become when you have blisters and sore feet. If you’re finding the boots/shoes very painful to wear, we highly recommend reviewing the fit of the footwear – they may be too small, too big, too wide, too narrow, too deep or too shallow, not to mention the wrong shape.
Our award-winning Specialist Boot Fitting service can help you to remove the guesswork from buying footwear and ensure you get the right size, width, volume and shape for your feet. We have over 170 different fitting options for you to choose from in store including walking boots available in 5 different widths, plus half sizes. To book a Specialist Boot Fitting appointment please call 01254 822 220 or email email@example.com