For the longest time, I was just a fair weather runner. But, this year, a flip in me has been switched and I have fallen in love with my morning run/walk routine. Before, I went out and did it (during only the best weather, which in my world, is between 50 and 65 degrees) begrudgingly because I loved the energy boost I got afterwards. This year, I have found that I don’t just like the energy boost that comes after the boost. I love the process itself.
My morning workout is a combination of a run/walk. I walk for five minutes, run half the time I’ve decide that I am going to run, walk for another couple minutes, run the other half of the time and then enjoy a cool down walk when my time runs out. While the running is good, I also really love the walking part. My good thoughts come while I am walking and then I can noodle over them while I run. But walking, as it turns out, gives me more than just a chance to ruminate on different thoughts and ideas.
Many of us are loosely aware of the benefits of daily movement, but did you know that walking reduces glaucoma risk, halves Alzheimer’s risks, improves heart health, blood pressure, and balance, and builds bone mass. But walking is good for us in other ways, too. By minute ten of a walk, we’ve boosted our endorphins which results in less stress, anxiety, and fatigue while improving our sense of wellbeing. There is also an awesome body image boost to walking. As we see ourselves positively care for our body and mind, our body image improves. We also deepen our appreciation for what our body gives us and all the work it does to move us through our lives.
Today, go outside and walk for 30 minutes (even if you are an avid runner, I encourage you to try this walking challenge as walking can impact our sense of wellbeing in a different way than running does). If you cannot fit a thirty minute walk in at once, take 3 ten minute walks- perhaps one in the morning, one at lunch, and one at the end of the day. If you have children, a partner, and/ or a dog, feel free to bring them with you. This walk isn’t about pacing or making sure you get a good work out in. Today, it is simply about being in the experience, giving you thirty minutes to reflect, to enjoy the outdoors, to be in movement.
How did it go today? What did you notice or think about while you were walking? How did you feel during your walk? What will you take from this exercise?
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