We walk to get places, to do things, to see people and commute – but what about using it as a way to squeeze in physical activity while working out bad juju?
I’ll elaborate more in a post Wednesday about how I feel Exercise can be the BEST MEDICINE, but for today let’s focus on walking.
When’s the last time you went for a good walk? I mean, really?
For me? I was a RUNNER – for quite some time. I say WAS because I haven’t run in a long time. Nothing more than a few miles, but not because I dislike it by any means. I enjoyed setting those goals of running races and the feeling of hitting the pavement, but gears shifted once I started teaching more and FITNESS became my CAREER.
I had to take a deeper look at what was most important, and I couldn’t risk getting hurt. So, I decided to monitor my intensity so that I could give it all I had when I taught. I also began reading more at that same time and realized I had a hard time staying put – I wanted to MOVE! So, I blended the two together and have created a fun new morning routine that includes: The morning walk.
What are BENEFITS OF WALKING?
✓ Anyone can do it! From beginner to advanced ‘exerciser’
✓ It’s low impact and easy on the joints
✓ It gets us moving! Even if you can’t go all-out with a workout, you can take a break from sitting by walking
✓ It can be a great way to catch up with a friend – Walk and Talk!
✓ After a meal, it can help utilize our food and level blood sugars
✓ It can help to burn fat and improve heart health
✓ It can reduce stress and helps us mentally
✓ It can be quiet time – meditation time – good alone time
✓ It can improve balance and stability in any fitness level – using our bodies to navigate level ground slowly
AND THE LIST GOES ON!