The thought of winter walking may send a shiver down your spine, but you might want to know the benefits before you decide to store those winter walking boots away during the colder months.

With lockdown 2 in full swing, it’s certainly no excuse to stay indoors. It may not seem like it, but now’s the time to embrace the colder breeze and boost your mood and fitness with a much-needed winter walk. You can thank us later!

Benefits of Walking

Not only is walking free, but it is also one of the easiest forms of exercise to stay active and help you become healthier.

Winter hiking or winter walking in the rain or cold may seem a little off putting, but did you know you burn more calories when cold, along with many other encouraging health and mind benefits! What’s more, it’s good for your joints. Walking is low impact, but it helps you keep your weight in check and prevents stiffness and swelling.

How to exercise in winter weather?

If you do decide to embrace the fresh, crisp colder air, it’s important you are equipped properly. For those occasional walkers, any shoes or trainers that are comfortable and provide adequate support will suffice. However, for those more regular walkers, we recommend investing in some specialist walking shoes for the more challenging routes. They need to fit your feet comfortably but most importantly, they will prevent injuries such as blisters and calluses.

One unfortunate issue you may encounter on your walk is stepping in something unpleasant but don’t let that stop you from stepping outdoors – we have a solution. Although cleaning doggie doo or dried manure from the bottom of your winter walking boots or trainers is quite unpleasant, the whole process is a lot easier with WD-40®. Simply spray it on the sole of the shoe, then clean the crevices using an old toothbrush. Thanks to the fast-acting formula, it softens and dissolves any unwanted muck quickly and effectively. After cleaning, rinse the shoe with cold water and it will be as good as new, raring to go for your next winter stroll.

How to keep warm walking in winter?

First things first, as mentioned you must protect your feet. It may seem an obvious answer, but it’s so important to keep them warm and dry when walking in the cold. For the occasional walkers, one option to consider is purchasing a flexible athletic shoe that contains a water resistant and wind-resistant upper. For the more regular hiker, the best winter shoes for walking are a light hiking boot or trail running shoe that’s waterproof. If you don’t want to invest in new waterproof shoes, an alternative solution is your trusty blue and red can of WD-40.

WD-40 is the ultimate water repellent solution to help safeguard your shoes before you step outside. Its unique formula creates a barrier so that the water doesn’t penetrate the material and therefore beads off. It can help shield almost any footwear and defend your trainers from the wet weather and gives your winter boots that extra protection in the snow or when hiking in the rain. Find out more on how to water proof shoes in our how to guide.

So, there you have it! There is nothing stopping you from enjoying the great outdoors – and we hope you get out walking this winter with a little help of WD-40! If walking’s not your thing, and you’re more likely to ride your bike, check out our how to guides to keep your bike in tip top condition over winter from cleaning your bike to inflating a bike tyre! Look after yourself and keep active this winter!