Walk your way to better physical and mental health

This reads like a banner for a marathon! Nonetheless, it’s a solid fact of life.

I don’t know about you but I was always a very reluctant walker. All my family would love to go for long walks. The idea of a good Sunday would be an outdoor activity, including a walk or hiking. And among these active people, I would be trying to find excuses to stay put. Walking was not my cup of tea. I would love to lounge around and spend my time in a sedentary activities. In short I was a perfect couch potato.

So why I am advocating WALKING?

The reason is simple. Necessity! It dawned on me that if I was to enjoy even average health, I need to get off my couch and step it up. So I started to walk. I would say to myself that I need not walk for long, just 10 minuets. Gradually I increased my walk and lo and behold!! I was walking up to 30 minuets a day. Admittedly it took longer to get to 30 from 10 minuets than I care to acknowledge. But , though I was walking , it was not bringing me any joy!

I would be looking at my daily walk as a dreaded chore. Then I discovered the joy of indoor walking. And what is that? You may ask!

I discovered that if I walk inside my home, I don’t have to be dependent upon the time of day, I can do my walking any time. I wouldn’t be concerned if was raining out sunny outside. And it wouldn’t matter if it was a hot day or a cold one . I would walk around the house at a brisk (ish) pace and while listening to music on my ear buds, I could walk for up to an hour and not even realize it. The other trick was to have long conversations with friends and the time would fly. I didn’t need to put on my sneakers/ walking shoes or be respectably dressed as there was no one to see me. So now I walk daily. I look forward to my daily walk and enjoy it too.

Walking, not only is good for my health but is also a mental relaxer. I can start my walk in a stressful mood or in anxiety about something but at the end of it I am totally relaxed and happy, even.

These are my personal preferences, you can walk wherever you feel comfortable. But since I found a good thing, I wanted to share it with you !

I can enumerate many health benefits of walking but I am sure that you all know them. So if you want to live a good life and want to be independent even in your old age, it’s time to start walking.

Please let me know how you are liking my posts. Would love to hear from you.

#walkingforhealth

#keepitalive

#mentalhealth

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25 thoughts on “Walk your way to better physical and mental health

  1. thank you for sharing. I love walking and running, mostly walking but I will do a good 30 minute run then walk with my dog. It is so very good for mental health, I work out my anxiety by walking. I am enjoying your posts, short and very concise. we are close in age and your thoughts are very relatable

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  2. We have a dog that we walk 3-4 times a day. When she was younger, I’d get 15,000 – 20,000 steps a day, but she’s an old dog now and, while she still goes on 3-4 walks a day, they’re shorter, so now our walks only garner about 10,000 steps a day. My point is that having a dog pretty much mandates a lot of walking.

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  3. I love walking and hate it when the weather confines me to my apartment! To slap on some headphones and just immerse myself in the music while I walk is, for me, one of the most relaxing things in the world; an hour can just fly by :O) x

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    1. Yes, I have reached the same conclusion. Though it’s always nice to step out in the fresh air and sunshine but I have made it a habit to walk indoor regardless of the weather or time of the day.

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