Best foot forward
Any holiday you take will be better if you’re prepared. Getting walk-fit will increase your enjoyment when you’re on your holiday and to help prevent injury. A little training for a walking holiday is an excellent way to improve your overall well-being and health. In fact, even if you’re not planning a walking holiday, getting walk-fit is a worthy pursuit.
Follow our steps below to get the best from your journey.
1 What’s the goal?
The first step is to find out what sort of walking you’ll be doing on your day out. Walking holidays vary from carrying what feels like you’re every possession on your back and scaling mountains, to strolling the tree lined streets. So make sure you have an answer for these questions:
How many days will you walk? What distances will you cover? How much will you carry? What’s the terrain like?
Once you know this, you can tailor your route to suit.
2 Where are you at?
Understanding where you’re at with your fitness right now is the best place to start.
It’ll help you map out a plan to get from where you are to where you’re going.
You’ll probably find yourself somewhere along the following scale:
- I haven’t exercised regularly (other than incidental exercise) for a while
- I do exercises but little or no cardiovascular exercise
- I walk (or run or ride or swim) frequently but don’t do any weight bearing exercise
- I have a varied exercise regime including cardiovascular and weight bearing exercise
The maps on this site are primarily easy for the listing 1 to 2 of the above.
3 Before You Get Started
There are a few things to consider when starting a walking:
- Preparing to walk: Learn what you need to do before you begin any walking route. This may include getting medical advice, investing in basic walking gear like a good pair of shoes and clothing is a must.
- Walking Schedule: Determine how often to walk, how fast, different types of walking, and how far to build up to the level of 30-60 minutes per day.
- Staying Motivated: Explore techniques for keeping yourself walking and avoiding common mistakes.
For the style of walking in these maps, where locals and visitors don’t carry anything heavier than their day-packs, you’re going to be doing mostly cardiovascular exercise – that is, get you heart pumping and your lungs working.
Good cardio fitness also means it’s easier to recover, so you’ll be able to appreciate the view at the top of a cliff rather than appreciate your footwear as you bend over them with your hands on your knees. You need to wear the right gear.
4 What to wear and take?
Beyond fashion, you need function and comfort in your walking clothing and gear. Your walking clothing should be comfortable and loose-fitting to allow you to move. And while some items may seem like a good idea (e.g. cotton socks), they’re actually not. Familiarize yourself with what to wear and what to avoid before you start walking.
1 Always wear a good stout shoes. No flip-flops, No sandals, No plastic shoes.
2 Socks. Choose: High-tech fiber. Avoid: Cotton.
3 Take a light coat at the very least. Coastline walking can be breezy even at the height of summer.
4 Water. While most of these walks are within easy reach of refreshment stops, always take your own bottle of water.
5 How much should I do?
This will depend on where you are.
Start out with a distance or time that you feel comfortable with.
This might range from 15 minutes for someone who hasn’t exercised for a while, to an hour or more for someone who walks regularly. The walks on this site are from 40 minutes and most are under 2 hours. We have tried to route them through not only great scenery, but easy refreshment stops.
Keep to the path especially cliff paths. Jersey has few pavements, roads are often narrow so stay alert for traffic. Walk in the direction of the traffic where possible.
If you unfortunately meet with an accident, C.I.Maps takes no responsibility by using these maps. They are thematic maps featuring general information for approximate navigation. Take care and enjoy your day out.