Let’s cut to the chase. WALKING is THE most underrated form of exercise that can improve your physical, mental and emotional health, and I want to tell you how this is saving my sanity right now.
Let’s get personal. I’m currently on week THREE of viral bronchitus and it’s the pits. Just this morning I visited Urgent Care in hopes of a solution that would get me feeling *back to normal* and was told this sickness can last anywhere from 6-8 weeks. That’s a LONG time. I am tired of coughing. I am tired of missing my regular gym routine, but mostly I am tired of my lack of energy. I know you feel me on this, because as moms our jobs require us to be multitaskers. We don’t get sick days, and as much as I can feel overwhelmed by the busyness from after school activities and sports, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Want to know what’s saving my sanity? WALKING. I might not be able to run, or lift weights, or do burpees, but Praise God, I. Can. Walk. And let’s not underestimate its power.
- Walking burns calories.
- It doesn’t cost anything other than a good pair of shoes.
- It’s a lower impact exercise and can be done for longer periods of time.
- You get some vitamin D if you take it outside.
- It helps with digestion.
- It improves your well being and mood.
- It helps fight off depression.
- It improves and sparks creativity! Research says by 60%!
- It increases bone strength density because it’s a weight bearing exercise.
- It helps relieve stress and anxiety.
- It improves circulation, posture, balance, and joint mobility.
- It’s great for those with knee, ankle, or back problems.
- It’s great for your heart.
- It’s excellent for fat loss.
- It’s low impact and great for those with thyroid or other hormonal issues.
- It helps with recovery.
If you don’t have it in you to set ANY other goal, you’re in good company. Join me and let it be this one. Set a reasonable step goal and gradually increase over time until you’re consistently walking 8-10K steps/a day.
One more BONUS TIP: Find a walking buddy. There is nothing better than walking with friends. I consider it my FREE THERAPY.