Getting exercise is important for our bodies. Walking is an excellent way of getting that exercise.
I usually go out and get in some walking time about 4 or 5 days per week. Walking is something that I truly enjoy doing.
Not only is walking easy to do, but there are so many benefits that come from walking. If you have issues like arthritis or other types of health issues, the nice thing about walking is that it is relatively low impact, and most anybody can do it. You don’t have to be a big “workout” person or really strain yourself. Depending on your level of health, you can do a higher impact exercise by “power walking,” which would be faster and more active. If you are not up to that, just do a bit of a stroll around your neighborhood.
What are some of the benefits of walking?
- Getting to know your neighborhood better
- Meeting neighbors and making new friends along your route
- Makes you feel good!
- Some “alone time” where you can reflect and think about things
Of course, there are other benefits, especially benefits to your health. I find that when I walk, I physically feel better. If I miss a few days of walking, I don’t feel as good.
If you do miss some walking sessions, it can be hard to get back on track. I mean, if you were to miss walking for a couple of weeks, you may find that you have become lethargic, or just plan lazy. Maybe because you have not done your walking, you are not feeling so well, and that becomes an excuse to not walk.
I’m not feeling so well today, so maybe I’ll just walk tomorrow.
Problem is, tomorrow you won’t feel well either. If you get out of the habit of exercising, like walking, you have to literally force yourself to do it again, and when you do, you will start feeling better.
Try to do a little walking and see if you don’t feel better! I know that I do.
Want to make your walking a little more fun? Try these tips:
- Get an MP3 player so you can listen to music, books on tape or some other entertainment while walking
- Bring along a water bottle so that you can stay refreshed
- Try to vary your routes so that you see new things, and new places often
- Talk to people that you encounter along the way, you never know when you’ll meet a great new friend