The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages us to get out and walk today! They hope that this will begin a good habit that will last while we have good weather.
Whether you are a seasoned walker or tend to waddle like me, today is the day to get out and motivate those feet – one in front of the other – for thirty minutes. Some can do that all at once and some like me will have to do either two fifteen minute walks or three ten minute walks. I was so happy to read that the results are the same regardless – isn’t that great?
Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart. – Gene Tunney
There are obvious benefits when you walk. It strengthens your heart and lungs as your breathing increases, but it is good for your legs and helps define your muscles. There are mental benefits that are almost immediate – a sense of well-being and accomplishment help you feel more positive about yourself and about other projects you tackle. The human body was not created to sit around all the time. You are worth a half hour of exercise every day – YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Some folks walk at our local mall every day. I’d rather get outside to walk, but whatever helps you get started – do it! Taking that first step in a very literal way is what matters. It’s nice to get together with other walkers for support. The time goes so much faster when you’re engaged in conversation along with jokes and laughter. It’s possible to exercise alone, but it’s not as much fun.
If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. – Raymond Inmon
As you walk along, it’s amazing how many threads of inspiration are weaved together as you keep moving. Most of my scathingly brilliant ideas come to me as I’m walking. Some days I’m bombarded with creative notions just waiting to be launched.
Sometimes I take a camera with me on a walk, but that can slow me down if my goal is to realize health benefits. A camera usually goes with me when I’m more interested in mental benefits and a little stroll. Every bit of it helps. Just get out and enjoy God’s creation. It will make you feel better! 😉