First off, walking doesn’t cost anything. You just throw on your shoes and go. After making the decision to get healthier, I did just that. I still remember that first walk. Even though it wasn’t strenuous, within minutes I was struggling. How did I let myself get to this point?
We all know it’s easy. Little by little, the weight moves up. We are so busy, we think that we don’t have time to exercise. Eat right? No, fast food is the quickest, and most economical. Or so we think. Too little exercise, and too much unhealthy food choices greatly impacts our overall health. I know it did for me.
So, on the day I determined to turn things around, I took a long walk around my neighborhood. That walk took forever, and I was exhausted afterwards. But the next day, I was out again. I went to the store and bought healthier food. I kept on walking and consumed better food. Within weeks, my excess weight started coming off.
As each day passed, I could feel my strength returning, and I walking further and further. I felt great. Within about six months, my weight was down dramatically, and my doctor was impressed. Keep doing what you’re doing, because it’s working, my doctor told me.
Friends, walking is great exercise, and you don’t need to join an expensive gym to participate. Get a good pair of shoes, keep hydrated, and you’re good to go. You can walk around your neighborhood, which I’m doing in the early morning and in the late afternoon every day, and you’ll be well on your way to being physically fit. Breaking it up a bit is important, so every few weeks a friend of mine and I head over to a nearby park, loaded with hiking trails, and get moving.
No matter what, make an attempt to get a good walk in sometime this week. Give it a try. You’ll be glad you did. By the way, if you have any health issues, it’s best to check with your health professional before starting out.