Put on Those Walking Shoes
Last week’s article, “Body Mobility,” talked about stretching. I gave you a few ideas to help get you started. Do you feel a little better? More flexible? Less stressed? Gaining flexibility by stretching is easy to do, increasing in small increments and moving to different areas of the body. Each day you can go a little further. Doesn’t that feel good?
Today we are discussing the need to get some exercise. Our bodies were not designed to be sitting or laying for extended periods. A lot of jobs require sitting at a desk for 8+ hours a day. What is more, when we go home, we sit down to eat and watch tv, then we go to bed for 6-8 hours and get up to do it all over again.
Our bodies are designed to be standing and moving. We need mobility in our life to keep our joints strong and healthy. If we do not get some exercise in our life movement gets harder, the body gets stiff, and we age earlier.
A few years ago, I would walk 2-4 miles a day. Walking felt so good, and I looked pretty good also.
My challenge this week is to walk one mile a day. It sounds harder than it is, and it doesn’t take long. My 2-mile walks would take 45 minutes. So, cut that in half, and you are looking at 22.5 minutes, not even a full half hour.
Let’s look at some benefits of walking a mile a day.
- Burning calories
- Increasing metabolism
- Shedding a few pounds
- Getting some valuable alone time
- Increasing cardiovascular strength
- Doing something nice for yourself
Do you think you do not have time? Download the daily calendar worksheet and map out time you spend with family, work, and for yourself. You will be surprised at how much “ME TIME” you find. I was generous with my family time and found they were often busy during this time, so I had unexpected free time to myself.
Mapping out your time makes it easier to commit. I put mine on the fridge so everyone knows when I am working at home, when I will be away and when I have open family time. They respect my home office work time better now that they know when to expect it.
Back to walking one mile a day for 30 days. Put on your walking shoes and your headphones and head out. This challenge is not just for you; it is for me also. I need to get back into this habit. What can you do to make this enjoyable instead of a chore?
- Listen to music
- Listen to a book
- Learn a new language
- Listen to a pod cast
- Get your creative juices flowing.
- Take a friend and have a conversation
I am challenging you to join me in the 1-mile a day walking challenge. Post in the comments below your commitment to join us. On the right side of the page, you can join the Exceptional YOU Facebook community for daily motivation and support, see how others are doing. (Including myself)
Happy walking and don’t forget to keep stretching.
Love & Blessings
Ashley J Spurgeon
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