Why do I walk? The reasons are endless! It strengthens your immune system. It boosts metabolism. It’s so good for your joints, bones, and muscles. It’s a great cardio and full body workout, and it’s so simple that anyone can do it! Walking also gets you from here to there—the world is run by cars but I still love to walk to the post office if I need to mail a letter, or take a walk to the grocery store—it’s part of my regular routine, which is how it became such an intimate part of my life.
But I think what I love most about walking is that it’s my “me time,” it always has been. It helps me clear my mind. It’s almost like a moving meditation—as I put one foot in front of the other, I take time to think about my dreams, my goals, my family, even my chores or schedule for the week. I can think freely without being bogged down by the everyday stresses. Simply put, it’s an emotional break and a chance to hit pause. It’s a real spirit lifter. I love listening to fun upbeat music or a great podcast, it just puts me in such a fabulous mood!
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I’ve leaned on walking my entire life, even during the tough times and the hectic times. When my mother passed away, I walked.
When I was pregnant with each of my two daughters, I walked every day, and once I had my babies, I’d put them in a stroller and get outside at least once a day—rain or shine! “Yes, part of it was because it gave me a break and some fresh air, but it was also a great way to get back in shape after my pregnancies!” Now my girls are all grown up, but I can still get them to walk with me (no strollers this time!).
You know what else walking is good for, besides exercise and “therapy” and practicality? Socializing! I love being around people that I love, it’s so good for my soul. So a few times a week, I’ll recruit walking partners and turn it into social hour—one day I’ll walk with my dear friend, Suzy, and my sister, Anne, on another.
That’s why I walk every single day—seriously, you’ll find me walking back and forth in my living room or dragging my husband around the block after dinner just to reach my 10,000 steps! Reaching that step goal or knowing that I completed a walk almost every day gives me such a sense of accomplishment and inspires me to find other things in my life that give me the same feelings of self-success and self-worth. A walk: It’s so small, but does so much. What do you say—will you join me?