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If Nothing Else: Walk

Exercise. Just let that sink in for a moment. What was your gut reaction as you read that word? The initial reaction for many of us is guilt, or something like what the “ugh” sound feels like on the inside. We know we should be doing it, but we don’t have time, or when we do, we just don’t feel like doing it. Perhaps it’s time to bargain with yourself. Exercise is not an all or nothing transaction. There are many levels of exercise and fitness and so we have endless options that range between being a gold medal Olympian and a golden potato chip eater. Joining a gym (and actually going), running, playing a sport, swimming, etc are all excellent options that will help you to feel great inside and out. But what if you don’t have the time or $$ to go to a gym, the level of fitness required to play sports, or most commonly the motivation to get yourself going? Look no further than your sneakers.

Walking. It’s what we were built to do. It’s easy, free and we can do it almost anywhere at any fitness level. Going for a walk (especially when you don’t feel like it) is an easy way to feel great, get moving, warm up and keep your heart healthy. Going for a brisk 30-60 minute walk will leave you feeling refreshed and will guarantee that you come back for more. Note that I said “brisk”. A casual walk is better than none, but a brisk walk (one where you’ll often start sweating at some point) is good for the heart and great for weight maintenance. You can use the google maps distance tool to chart/track the distance of your walk, which you can then use as a route for your regular walks. Next time you’re sitting around feeling “ugh”, stop thinking, put on your sneakers and start walking. Your mind and body will thank you.

If you’d like to start an exercise routine or need help shaking things up, contact me for a free health history consultation.

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