“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” ~Michael Bobak
My day started off with peace, clarity and a sense of wellbeing today. It started that way because it started with a walk.
Walking is the best way to ease into healthier living
1. You Don’t Need 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. Being Outdoors is Also Good for 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 a healthier life, 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?
Thanks for the Link-Up, Marci!