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Dec 24

The ultimate exercise that doesn’t cost a dime… walking!

OK… I know it’s not sexy and it’s not new and it’s not even original, but it works on so many levels.  Let’s explore some of those reasons that you should be doing this every day.

It’s FREEfree

How many of you have heard the phrase, “you get what you pay for”?  We think that the more we pay, the better the product or the result.  Isn’t that the truth?  NO.  You don’t have to spend money to feel good.  Or to be healthy.

Our bodies were made for walking!

One of the most natural movements that our bodies can do is walk.  We’ve been doing it from the time we learned how to get up off our knees and balance ourselves.  We don’t have to think about it, which is great because it frees up our minds to do other things.

It’s a great time to reflect or think

It’s a great time to connect

You get to meet your neighbors

You get to breathe (hopefully) fresh air

You can even meditate

Low Cost Equipmentshoes

If you’re not one of those people who likes to walk barefoot, then you’re going to want to get a good pair of walking shoes.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but you’re going to want shoes that have a good arch, have shoe laces, are flexible and lightweight.  They could be running shoes or walking shoes.

If the shoes hurt your feet, then they’re probably a poor fit or just bad shoes.  But pay even closer attention to other parts of your body that start to hurt.  That may be a sign that your shoes are not good.  For instance, some of my dress shoes cause my shins to hurt.  I think it’s because they have no arch.  Shoes could cause your knees or hips , shins or ankles to hurt.  So don’t blame the walking.  Look first at your shoes.

Other equipment that you might want to have are some form of listening device.  You might want to listen to music, motivational presentations, books or even talk to someone on your phone.  These could be helpful to pass the time.  Beware, however, that you will be missing out on many of the things happening around you, including the car that’s coming up behind you.

Another useful device is a pedometer or even a phone app that tracks either your steps or your distance.  I use the app “RunKeeper” to show me a map of where I’ve been and to keep track of the distance.  This is helpful because I can then increase my distance or pace in order to make my walking workout progressively harder.

walkingConnect with friends or make new friends

What do most of us do with our friends?  Go out to eat or go out drinking.  What about going out walking instead?

I’ve met so many of my neighbors because I’m outside every day walking my 2 dogs.  I meet and talk to all the other dog owners, as well as seeing many of my neighbors getting into their cars in the morning.  I occasionally invite one of my dog-less neighbors to walk with us, so it gives me a reason to engage with them.  If I wasn’t out walking my dogs, I probably wouldn’t know any of my neighbors, even though I’ve lived here for 16 years.  How many of your neighbors do you know?

Instead of eating out, try walking with a friend.  I’m sure you will both feel better afterwards.

It uses almost every muscle in your bodywalking muscles

If you were to go to the gym and start lifting weights, you would have to do lots of different exercises in order to work each muscle separately.  That’s why there’s an entire room full of weight training machines.

With walking, almost every muscle is moving.  Obviously your legs and your arms are working, but also your core and your buttocks and your neck are all working as well.  The faster you walk, the more your lungs and your heart and the rest of your internal organs work.  I bet you can’t find one muscle that’s not moving.

To add another dimension to your walking and to use even more muscles, try walking with poles.  Nordic Walking is fitness walking with specially designed Nordic Walking poles and offers a very efficient aerobic workout and easy way to improve your physical condition irrespective of age, sex or physical condition.  The poles are specifically made for walking, so they recommend that you not use skiing, hiking, or trekking poles.

Start today… what are you waiting for?start1

Can you think of a friend who’s been a little blue lately?  Call him/her up and go for a walk.  Is there someone you know who’s put on a little extra weight and all they do is complain about it?  Cal him/her up and go for a walk.  Do you know someone who could use a friend?  Call him/her, go to the animal shelter, adopt a dog and then go for a walk!  What are you waiting for?

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Here’s to you!

Please leave a comment, idea, or question below.  I’d love to hear from you.

Alice