Why I Love Walking!
Regular fitness is important for health and wellness and walking is a great way to get those minutes in. According to the Mayo Clinic, brisk walking can help you: maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; strengthen your bones and muscles; improve your mood; and improve your balance and coordination (especially important for aging well).
What I love about walking for fitness is that you can literally do it anywhere. Right now I am on an RV trip and far from gyms and the kinds of workout classes I like best (kickboxing, dance and yoga). Walking is now my go-to activity for staying active on the road. Today’s walk was along a spectacular stretch of beach on the Washington coast.
If your mobility permits, you just lace up your sneakers, grab a water bottle and head out the door. You can go old school and track your progress by logging minutes or mileage in a notebook – or go high tech with an app or tracker. I personally like my Fitbit Ulta. I know by looking at it whether I have had a day where I was active or whether I was sedentary. As many people do, I generally like to see 10,000 steps at the end of the day.
For me, a side benefit of walking is how nourishing it is for my mind and soul. It gives me time and space to decompress, unwinding from any stress from my day. I practice mindfulness while walking, looking around for the beauty that surrounds me. I look, listen, smell and breathe in my surroundings. I practice gratitude.
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