Self Care Tip #7- Talk a Walk, or Take a Hike!

Self-Care

This tip is nice and easy!

For those that maybe haven't had a real desire to start an intense workout program, have injuries (like myself this past year and a half) or health issues that are holding you back for the time being, this one is for you! Go take a walk or go for a hike!

The idea around being healthy is and will forever be different for all of us. The main goal is to just get up and MOVE! The BEST thing you can do for your mind and body is to move them.

For the start of the year you may be trying out some new workout classes or new workout programs. That is awesome and whatever you do, DON'T STOP! This is said in caution, not including an injury or by the instruction of your physician. I hope that reading these blog posts inspires you to continue on your health and well being journey everyday.

There is sooo much information out there on why you have to keep moving, especially as we get older. You don't need a doctor to tell you this, but the muscle in between your ears needs to get on board with the routine- and our bodies and mind do very well with routine. Even when you're just not feeling it, that's the best time to just get up and MOVE!

Here are my TOP 13 reasons to inspire you to start walking everyday:

  • Low impact
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves mood
  • Tones muscles
  • Increases metabolism
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Burns calories
  • Reduces risk of high blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Reduces chance of injury
  • Strengthens bones and joints
  • Great way to help lose weight
  • No equipment required

 

Walking is so great because it is so easy for most to do. Walking can help trim that waistline, increase your cardiovascular health, create those oh so good endorphins, and even strengthen your bones and muscles. I love me a good hill to climb up! That was my favorite way to exercise when my twins were first born! Not only was it great for all of us to be outside, but it didn't cost anything either! 

I remember, as I recovered from my cesarean and carrying two babies at once, my body needed time to heal and to be "put back together". My OB did remind me that it takes a good 18 months for a woman's body to recover from having a baby. This includes replacing all the things that were moves and lost while growing humans in your body.

I also remember how good my mind felt after going on a walk. The fresh air, the change of scenery, and the little sweat I created going up that BIG hill helped me feel good. It gave me some of those endorphins to get me feeling good and when the sun was shining I got the benefit of getting some Vitamin D!

What is holding you back from making sure you get some activity in everyday?

Is it time you start being more consistent with paying attention to your body? That is definitelySELF CARE priority! A healthy body will keep you motivated, moving, and your body will thank you! I find for myself, that also means being a better mother, wife, and friend to all those around me that I love.

Hiking is another way to gain some endurance, challenge your body, and explore new places! Hiking, like walking does all of the above and can also help with balance and coordination. I am fortunate enough to live in a place where there are a lot of hiking trails. Some more strenuous than others, and beautiful settings!

Have you explored your local walking/hiking trails? Maybe it's time!

Being outside and walking for me makes me slow down just a bit and take in the glory around me. The fresh air, sun (most days in CA), and sounds sort of take away all the other current distractions that I need to let go of for a bit. That's one reason my husband and I like taking walks with the kids. It gives us some intentional time together to talk, exercise, and be connected. 

Maybe the kids aren't home anymore or you don't have any. This serves as a great dis-connect time from technology perhaps, or take your dog on walk. Maybe it's a great time for you and your spouse to catch up from all the hustle and bustle from the week. Whatever your story is, it's a great way to spend time with others too. Maybe you can ask a neighbor to go twice a week to benefit you both and make each other accountable to work on your health journey.

The Hearty Soul has a great illustration and information about all the wonderful benefits of just walking 15 minutes a day. The studies they found showed the participants experienced anti-aging benefits of walking. Who doesn't love them some NATURAL and EASY anti-aging benefits that ultimately are free too!

The last thing I want to cover in today's post, is weather. Yes, we are still in winter and some parts of the country where you are reading this might be covered in snow. That's ok, when that sun peaks out, you make it a point to get outside for even just 5 minutes! 

I hope today's blog inspires you to get out there and take 15 minutes for yourself! You deserve it and your body will thank you.

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