Walking is a perfect non-exercise activity, which should definitely take place in your routine. Why walking is so good? Because this practice helps promoting health, controlling weight, and relieving depression and anxiety. In addition, walking is super-affordable for almost everyone, because it\u2019s a natural way of moving. And, of course, it\u2019s cheap and easy to practice - no special gear or membership is required! If you are looking for an easy, but effective activity to promote your health without dying in the name of good shape, congratulations! There is no need to look further because walking is a great candidate to be implemented into your routine. Want to know, how to turn walking into a healthy habit? Just follow our step-by-step guide and see how your life changes! Let\u2019s go. If you want to know more about how to incorporate walking into your daily life, check out this article. How to turn walking into a healthy habit? Step-by-step instruction 1. Set up a clear goal Find the reason why If you\u2019re reading this article, most probably, you already have the goal to start walking on a daily basis. We offer to go further and determine, what is the real reason behind your goal? Take a sheet of paper and write down the phrase: \u201cI want to have a habit of walking because I need to\u2026\u201d Just think deeply, what exactly can motivate you to walk every day and turn it into a habit. Determine Indicators of success Find out, what will be your \u201cindicator\u201d of success? For example, in an ideal situation, you would like to walk 3x per week, making 10 000 steps each \u201cactive\u201d day. Those numbers will be your ideal, which will be stimulating you to refine your \u201cintermediate\u201d results. Set up a deadline or progress in accordance with your pace For some people, deadlines work as perfect \u201cmentors\u201d, which stimulate them to achieve their indicators of success faster. But everybody\u2019s unique, and for others, the reminding of \u201cthat\u201d date\u2019s coming can cause stress. And when it comes to habit formation, stress is an unwelcome element. So you have two options here: Set up a deadline, until which you should reach your indicators of successMake your progress in accordance with your condition and abilities 2. Divide the goal into small achievable steps After you\u2019ve done with goal setting, it\u2019s time to divide it into smaller steps. They should be logical, clear, and achievable. If you have a goal to walk 10 000 steps per day, but have never done it before, it can ruin your intentions to set a habit. Instead of storming this "mountain of 10 000 steps\u201d, try to overcome at least 5 000 steps per one active day. Set up a rate of steps (x steps) you would like to add. In addition, determine the conditions you should match to increase the number of steps. It might look like this: \u201cI want to add 500 steps every week until I achieve 10 000 steps per day\u201d. 3. Find your joy To stimulate your brain to accept new habit of walking, you should find something that could make you happier during the process. It might be a good audiobook or great playlist, a friend, walking near you, or an opportunity to show off new outfits. Positive emotions during walking can \u201cforce\u201d the brain to accept the new habit more likely. So make sure to find your joy and make it a part of your walking on a daily basis. 4. Check your gear Your new habit should be formed under the aegis of comfortable conditions. Hence, your outfit should match your concepts of comfort. Perhaps it might be a great idea to renew your wardrobe to make you happier during walking. The main thing is to make sure that you\u2019re ready to have a walk. 5. Create a ritual You can link several actions, which can be performed before and after your walking, and form a ritual. The actions should be pleasant to you - that\u2019s how you prove to your brain that a new habit is a good option for both of you. For example, before you go out, plan to prepare yourself a hot or cold drink to take it along or form a new playlist. After a while, you\u2019ll notice that when you start doing it, it happens almost automatically and one step launches another without delay. 6. Prepare yourself a reward Although this point should have been a part of the previous one, we think, that reward should be highlighted separately. It is crucial to experience positive emotions during a new habit formation process. In other words, you need to stimulate your brain to accept a new way of functioning. So don\u2019t forget to give yourself a treat after walking. For example, you can drink a cup of your favorite coffee or eat something small, but super-pleasant for you. But don\u2019t overdo it! Those treats should make you happy but stay small. Otherwise, you risk ruining your plans to successfully achieve the goal (e.g. by eating too many sweets, while you want to lose weight). 7. Create a schedule and stick to it No jokes here: plan your walking ahead. Although it might seem strange or unnatural, creating a walking schedule may help implement the new habit easier. Because: a) repetition trains the brain, that you perform something under the same circumstances and conditions; b) it develops self-discipline, hence the chance you\u2019ll want to skip your walking lowers down. Set up reminders Finally, you\u2019ve determined, what kind of actions you should take in set time. Now you have everything to start forming the new habit of walking. To make your life easier, use a reminder, that can be set up in a calendar app you use on your device. It will be reminding you, that it\u2019s time to start your preparations or go out. Just like in your childhood, when your parents reminded you, that it\u2019s time to have lunch or brush your teeth. No doubt, we definitely need this as adults too because nowadays we need to think about a million things at the same time. That\u2019s why it is so great to have an assistant and now anyone can afford themself to have one. Great, isn\u2019t it? See the examples for setting up reminders for the Calendar app (iOs) and Google Calendar. Ready, steady, go! This is it: finally, you can start doing instead of planning! This is the final point of our step-by-step guide of implementing the walking habit, but only the beginning for you. Be brave, stick to your schedule, find ways to safely pamper yourself. And watch how your life is changing for the better!