NATIONAL WALKING DAY

TL 4-6 NATIONAL WALKING DAY

WALKING

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!  😉

WORLD SLEEP DAY

TL WORLD SLEEP DAY (2ND FRIDAY IN MARCH)

Here’s the slogan for today:

WHEN SLEEP IS SOUND, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ABOUND!!!

3-13 WHILE THE WORLD IS ASLEEP

I sense a pattern emerging, don’t you?  Daylight Savings time seriously diminishes my ability to stay awake.  It really does take at least a month for me to become fully functional again.  You’ve probably read the same articles I have about how they are going to stop this nonsense with the changing back and forth, but will things ever really change – or rather STOP changing?  Who knows???

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  – Irish Proverb

It occurred to me today that while I am sleeping, God is wide awake.  What a reassuring thought that I don’t have to worry about anything while I’m in dreamland.  Even when I’m in a nightmare, I know God will not let it get too bad.  He will see to it that I wake up in time.  The big ugly dragon won’t eat me!

Are you a sound sleeper?  I sure am – when I’m asleep, nothing wakes me up!  If you can get a sound 8-9 hours of sleep each night, you should be set for any challenge the next day has to offer.

 O bed! O bed! delicious bed!
That heaven upon earth to the weary head.
– Thomas Hood, Miss Kilmansegg — Her Dream

How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t need to sleep.  I can sleep when I’m dead.”  Well, most of the time, those are the folks who have high blood pressure and drink way too much caffeine.  Look, to get a good night’s sleep is not a waste of time, rather, a gift you give yourself.

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO GO TO SLEEP

There’s a need for rest.  It’s the way human bodies are made – we eat, we move and then we rest.  If you try to fight sleep for long, you will eventually crash and burn – it’s as simple as that.  Don’t wait until you are tired to go to bed – just GO and sleep your 8 hours and start again the next day.

I know that God will be with me in all circumstances, but there’s just something about being well rested that makes my mind and body so much happier and I want to be my best every day, don’t you?  So…  let’s get some SLEEP, okay???  🙂