Walk Your Way to Better Health
Walking is one the easiest and most popular ways to keep fit. You can do it almost anytime, anywhere. If you don’t currently exercise, it’s a good idea to get a physical exam before you start. Then, pick up a pair of athletic shoes with the right support and fit and find a beginner plan or choose to make your own. If you already exercise, walk on the day(s) you don’t work out. Aim for a total of 20-30 minutes of walking or another cardio activity each day.
Sounds simple and practical…maybe even doable but 80% of Americans don’t meet exercise recommendations. There are lots of really good, really real reasons why most of us don’t walk or exercise enough. I’ve churned through many of these reasons myself and I’ve helped others overcome even more. Starting an exercise routine requires navigating change, which is tricky at best. But wait - somewhere between making a change and staying put, simple walks are always available. Even a 2 minute walk counts! It’s never all-or-nothing.
I think this the part where I am supposed to tell you how anyway can fit walks into their schedule. I can inspire you to involve your family and friends, make it fun, sign up for a 5K, etc. Oh – and I better remind you that we need 150 minutes of cardio and 2 days strength training per week for optimal health. And I could throw in a reference to some sedentary lifestyle health issues that could come up down the road to really get your attention!
Nah…that approach isn’t good for any of us. I’m not here to coerce you. You don’t want to be told what to do. Instead future articles will be less about what you should or could do and more about what people all around us actually do to build healthy lives and thrive. We’ll learn practical ways that all sorts of people exercise regularly, eat more plant-based foods and all that good stuff. I know I learn best and am inspired most by who people show me the way. I hope you will be too!