My day started off with peace, clarity and a sense of wellbeing today. It started that way because it started with a walk, and walking is the best way to ease into getting healthier.
1. Getting Healthier Doesn’t Require a Gym
Walking can be done anywhere, at any time, indoors or outdoors. No. Gym. Required.
I like to walk with my husband and my dog down our peaceful country road and around our property. But, I also live in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
Which means, sometimes I walk up and down the stairs, or even go to a mall to walk around. Or, I just grin and bear it with a raincoat on.
I love that I have the option of going to a gym to use a treadmill. Even more than that, I love that I don’t have to.
2. Getting Healthier Includes Mental Health
Since I typically walk outdoors, one off the major benefits I get from walking is the sense of peace and mental clarity that comes from simply spending time in the great outdoors.
A University of Michigan study even found that group nature walks can lower depression and stress levels.
3. You Can Set Your Own Pace
While group fitness classes can be a great way to be held accountable, they can pose a challenge for someone just starting off.
Transitioning from a life spent primarily on the couch to an active one is tough! Walking can be done on your own or with a friend. You can walk quickly or slowly. Uphill, downhill, on level ground.
When I first started taking my daily walks, I really eased into it. I started off with a 10-minute walk on flat, level ground. Eventually, I was running with regularity and even completing some longer, steep hikes.
So, Just Get Started!
If you are ready to take your first step toward getting healthier, but don’t know where to start, take a walk! You can do it anywhere, you’ll feel great, and you don’t have to over-do it.
Walking is the best way to start a journey with health and fitness. The hardest step is the first one . . . Where will it take you?
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