You don’t need professional gear or indeed anything expensive to go walking. Your feet, some decent comfy boots and sensible clothes will see you through.
I gave up going to the gym a few months ago. I was walking on the treadmill facing a brick wall when reality struck – why am I doing this? I live by a large National Trust country park with miles and miles of walks, and I had two big dogs at home always eager to get out and about. And so I cancelled my gym membership. I got myself a pedometer to check the distance I was walking and, at first aimed for 2.5 miles. Now I aim for at least five miles on our walk three times a week. I find the faster I walk the more I ache later, but, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger so the saying goes. I find it a far more enjoyable way to spend an hour or two, and I’m getting fit at the same time.
I used to go out jogging but would feel exhausted by the activity, and at the end was glad it was over. Walking, I find, seems more restorative and less demanding. I like having the time to look around me, be mindful in the moment, and appreciate the natural world. And, because it’s more enjoyable, I’m more likely to keep it up.