Go Walking – Episode #024

Walking is good for you on so many different levels.  It’s an excellent way to relieve stress.  I’m on my feet ALL the time at my job and I believe that’s one of the main reasons that work hasn’t stressed me out!  When my students are angry or extremely upset I say, “Let’s walk and talk.”  The change in scenery and the release of energy can be calming.  The same principle applies to our lives.  Breathing the air, moving your legs, and walking & talking with a friend can be very therapeutic.

According to the AARP and The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, walking is good for you for some of the reasons listed below.

·         Its helps manage your weight.

·         It improves sleep.

·         It helps prevent depression.

·         It boosts good cholesterol (HDL) and reduces bad cholesterol (LDL).

·         It lowers your stress level and increases your energy.

·         Lengthens your life span.

·         Lowers risk of stroke by half, according to a Harvard Study of more than 11,000 men.

Walking can also be one of those win-win situations I was referring to, when you’re walking for a cause and/or awareness (2 Words:  Win Win).  I have several close friends that annually participate with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, and the National Kidney Foundation.  These are just two of the many great causes out there.

In conclusion, it’s a new year and many of us are looking to manage our weight by exercising more and running.  If you find yourself still sitting on the sofa after trying to motivate yourself to “run” a couple of miles, just go for a walk.  It’s better on your knees anyway.  You must crawl before you can walk, you must walk before you can run.  Let’s take it one step at a time.

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