How is your weekend going so far? Mine has had a bit of a slow start… thus the late post. Ah well, who says you can’t be lazy on a Saturday. 🙂
Today I want to discuss our newest small change.
I want you to walk… 30 minutes… everyday. And I mean everyday. Phew! That wasn’t so hard now was it? 🙂
Walking is a fabulous form of exercise, stress reliever, and a way to get you outdoors (see small change #2).
One of the reasons I love walking is because almost anyone can do it, anywhere, anytime, it doesn’t make you sweat so you don’t have to shower afterwards, and it can provide some amazing benefits.
Need some motivation? Grab your pooch! It’s great for them too.
Don’t have a dog? One of my favorite ways to walk, is by listening to an audio book. Find a book you’ve really been wanting to read, grab it on audio, and get walking. You’ll find that the 30 minutes goes really quickly. You may even walk more, just to get through a chapter… or two. 🙂
Not a bigger reader? (we’ll work on that later) Grab a friend. Walk on your lunch hour. Start a new habit with your family by walking after dinner instead of watching TV. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it!
Still not convinced? By walking at 3 mph (or a 20 minute mile), you can burn from 100-300 calories per 1/2 hour depending on your weight. If you change nothing in your lifestyle from today on except for walking 30 minutes daily, you can burn 10-15 lbs by the end of this year. Now that’s motivation!
Want some extra credit?
The Surgeon General has recommended every American take 10,000 steps a day (roughly 5 miles) for good health. Track your steps with a pedometer and work up to the 10,000 steps. Want some help? Check out this program.