Walking Stars is a non-competitive walking event that is open to anybody aged 16 and above, of any fitness level. To get the most enjoyment from the event it’s best to start your training as early as you can. We recommend you use our training plan and healthy eating guide.
A half marathon is a challenging distance to walk, but with training and some preparation, it is an achievable goal for most men and women. If you have any concerns please consult your GP before you begin your training.
We have a 16 week training plan to suit all levels of fitness. You can start with the 16 week plan and start your training today.
7 ways to give your training a healthy boost
Training for Walking Stars requires energy and endurance.
Fuelling your body with nutritious foods will not only boost your training efforts, but also your overall health.
LiveLighter Dietitian and Campaign Manager Alison McAleese shares her top tips for staying healthy while training:
- Eat more vegetables: Most Australians only eat half the recommended amount of vegetables and fruit – that’s five serves of vegies and two serves of fruit each day. Tucking into fruit and veg in all colours of the rainbow will provide a mix of nutrients and keep the junk food cravings at bay. See tips to get more in your day.
- Avoid sports drinks and other sugary drinks: Sugary drinks including sports drinks contain a lot of sugar that your body doesn’t need. Many people are shocked to learn that a 600mL bottle of sports drink contains around 11 teaspoons of sugar! Those unnecessary kilojoules can lead to weight gain and obesity. Unless you’re running a full marathon, water is all you need to rehydrate. Head to the LiveLighter website for more info.
- Ditch processed foods: Processed foods like chips, lollies, chocolate and biscuits are high in kilojoules but low in nutritional value. Go for something like LiveLighter’s oven roasted chickpeas, frozen banana sorbet or banana and blueberry bread instead.
- Don’t fall for ‘healthy’ products, like protein bars and vegie chips: There is a lot of hype around healthy and sporty foods, but most of the nutrients they offer (such as protein) can be found in everyday real foods, like nuts, low-fat dairy foods, lean meats and fish.
- Be prepared: Training can be time consuming and exhausting, so it’s good to be prepared with healthy food so you’re less tempted to reach for convenient processed foods that have little or no nutritional benefit. The LiveLighter website has many recipes that are quick, easy and can be frozen – this fast vegie spaghetti and this one-pan Mexican chicken are my favourites.
- Use hunger as a guide: If you’re doing more physical activity than usual, you’ll probably feel hungrier as your body burns more energy and your metabolism speeds up. Use your hunger as a guide – if you’re hungry, fill up on nutritious foods like vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy, nuts and wholegrain breads and cereals. Which brings me to my next point …
- Choose healthy snacks: Snacks can be a great way to keep your hunger at bay between meals, but many quick snacks are high in added sugar and saturated fat. Check out LiveLighter’s tips for choosing healthy snacks.