My Second Crazy Idea!

Walking literally saved my life during my darkest years. That experience was the pebble in the pond that led me to founding the 1MWW movement—my first crazy idea.

Now, as we enter a new year—2019—1MWW and I are on to the next chapter where my second crazy idea is being realized.

A recap:

Crazy idea #1: To inspire and empower 1,000,000 women to transform their lives by walking. An audacious goal and the mission of one million women walking.

This crazy idea begs the question, “HOW?”

Which in turn leads to . . .

Crazy idea #2: By creating the biggest virtual community of walking women on the planet. The topic of this post.

Crazy idea #2 rose up from my deep belief in women’s connectivity and caring—our unique feminine superpowers. When women deliberately connect to learn, experience, support, and share, we create community and transform ourSelves and our lives. That’s powerful. In fact there’s exponential power to be harnessed here!

Harnessing that power became the next step in my journey. I knew that combining women’s superpowers with the 1MWW mission would create an amazing women’s health movement and community—an ever expanding group of virtual walking partners. But where would we be located? How would we do it? What would it look like?

An excellent conundrum that I naturally took for a walk with a friend. Here’s what happened:

Last spring I was visiting Minnesota where I had lived for 25+ years. One of the great joys in going back is connecting with my old friends and getting caught up. Frequently this takes place on walks because we all love walking!

My friend and I were walking along the beautiful riverwalk in Stillwater, Minnesota and I was explaining my vision for 1MWW:

To create the biggest global community of walking women on the planet.

We talked about various ways to realize this vision and came to the conclusion that the 1MWW movement needed a virtual home where:

  • I could lead the movement.

  • I could share the 1MWW 3-Step Walking Practice.

  • Women could become members of the movement.

  • Members could connect with one another and get ongoing support from me—as needed.

  • I could get feedback from members on what was working, what wasn’t, and what they needed.

  • Members could share where they’re walking and how the 1MWW Practice is transforming their lives.

  • Members could invite their BFF’s, co-workers, sisters, aunts, daughters, mothers, neighbors etc to join the movement.

  • We could collectively establish 1MWW Chapters for members to walk together IRL.

As we were walking, my friend told me about Patreon, an easy membership site I had never heard of. To cut to the chase: that’s where we are! Patreon is the virtual home of the 1MWW movement. Membership is $1/month.

A movement is defined as, “When a population aligns with an idea and takes action on it.”

Thanks to a good walk with a good friend, the 1MWW movement now has a home where walking women can align with the 1MWW idea, take action, and transform their health and their lives.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again many times, walking works!

P.S. Here’s some action you can take to get walking working in your life today:

  • Join the 1MWW Movement on Patreon.

  • Connect with me if you have questions about Patreon, 1MWW, or speaking to your group.

  • If you want to form a 1MWW Chapter at work, for your bookclub, for your professional group, for your women’s church group, contact me and I’ll share the simple 1MWW Chapter Guidelines with you. (All members of your Chapter must be members of 1MWW on Patreon.)

My Crazy Idea!

Author, engineer, and visionary Peter Diamandis said:

“The day before something is a breakthrough it’s a crazy idea.”

Ponder that and then consider that Fortune Magazine recently named Diamandis one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. His quote is one of my favorites and is also my guiding light. You see, I have this crazy idea . . .

To inspire and empower 1,000, 000 women to transform their lives by simply walking.

Where did my “crazy idea” come from? It came from the darkest time in my life. It came from years of struggling with identity, loss of dreams, loss of financial stability, loss of my home, loss of family. It came from the fact that during those horrible years, walking saved my life. In fact I credit walking (over 3,000 miles all told) with not only saving my life, but with transforming my life!

A key piece in my transformation was learning how and why walking is such a powerful activity. Once I began to truly understand the full picture of what walking does, I started sharing what I’d learned with every single woman I could. I was absolutely called to spread the word about walking because walking is truly the magic pill we’ve all been searching for.

To be more exact, walking is actually women’s multi-tasking miracle! Walking solves so many problems unique to women. Lifestyle Problems like not having enough time to workout even when we want to and know we need to! Health Problems like heart disease, bone loss, dementia. Mental problems like depression, anxiety, brain fog and trouble making decisions. Emotional problems like feeling isolated, wanting connection, needing community and support. Spiritual problems like craving a time and space for peace and yearning for a true sense of Self.

True Self-care, meaningful Self-care, healing Self-care is what walking provides for women.

In speaking with women about their health and Self-care I learned that many women feel woefully underserved by and estranged from the health and wellness marketplace. The products and services clogging the market are ridden with shaming messages—both words and images. When I spoke with women about their health and Self-care the need they expressed had a common theme: women want a highly effective, meaningful, time and cost friendly way to workout that fits their unique lifestyle and life-stage. That’s what walking does—more than any other form of exercise.

Walking is the ultimate way to care for ourselves every day.

So I gathered up everything I’d experienced and learned about how and why walking transforms our lives, the health and wellness problems other women had shared with me, my yearning to help other women and asked, “What should I do with this?

Because I know walking increases creativity by 60% and that walking is a proven problem solver, I took my question for a walk and my crazy idea came to me!

To inspire and empower 1,000,000 women to transform their lives by simply walking.

And exactly how was I going to accomplish that audacious goal? Well it turns out one crazy idea leads to another. Look for Crazy Idea #2 in next week’s blog post and in the meantime:

Top Three Benefits of Winter Walking for Women!

Ladies it’s official—it’s winter. Granted I am writing to you today from sunny Anna Maria Island, Florida where I’m “snowbirding” for the holidays but I’ll go back to winter and have just come from winter—in Wisconsin! (The photo above was taken on a walk last week at Willow River State Park in Hudson, WI. I love the falls in winter!)

I lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin for 25+ years so I know a thing or two about winter walking. In my last blog post I reviewed how good gear and the right route make winter walking truly wonderful. In today’s post I highlight my top 3 benefits of winter walking for women.

  1. Combat SAD! Seasonal Affective Disorder is more common in women than men and, having suffered from it myself, I am particularly sensitive to how devastating it can be. Walking is a fantastic way to combat SAD because of the exposure to sunlight, which in turn helps us produce much needed vitamin D. Some studies suggest that a Vitamin D deficiency might be an underlying cause of SAD. Just 15 minutes of sun on your face and hands 2 or 3 times per week means getting enough sun for vitamin D production. This sun exposure triggers vitamin D production in the skin, which helps combat SAD. And ladies here’s a great side-benefit of winter walking/vitamin D production—our bones need vitamin D to make our bodies absorb the calcium we need to keep our bones strong.

  2. Burn more calories! I’m not a huge proponent of calorie counting but I am a proponent of being aware of what you eat and why. I’m also very aware that in winter it’s easy to eat more carbs and sweets and exercise less. That’s why winter walking is a great exercise choice. We burn more calories because our bodies are working harder to stay warm. Win-win? I think so!

  3. Boost self-esteem! Studies have shown that outdoor exercise can boost self-esteem. When we feel good about ourselves, we make better choices for ourselves. In this way boosting self-esteem becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Self-esteem is defined as, “Confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.” This is something I want for all women—that we feel confident in who we are and we care for who we are! Deliberately boosting our self-esteem with a winter walk seems like a very natural self-care choice!

Winter walking has benefits for your whole Self—that’s body, mind, and spirit—that will help you get through winter with a joy and resilience you’ve never experienced before. I highly recommend you get your walk on this winter to be happy, healthy, and to have a spring in your step no matter the season.

Happy Walking!

Join 1MWW on Patreon for the inspiration, empowerment, community, connection, and accountability you need to transform your life by simply walking. I can’t wait to walk with you!

Good Gear + Right Route = Wonderful Winter Walking

Winter walking can be truly wonderful given the right gear and the right route. I lived in Minnesota for over 25 years so I know of what I speak! Here’s my winter walking guidelines for good gear and the right routes.

Good Gear!

Good gear isn’t necessarily expensive or super high tech. To me good gear is gear that fits well and does the job you need done. For winter walking you need gear that holds your body heat comfortably and also breathes. I recommend a “grounds up” approach starting with what you’ll put on your feet. If the snow cover is fairly light (less than 3 or 4 inches) well insulated hiking boots and wool socks will keep your toes toasty for your 25-minute brisk walk. Layer on some long underwear and wind pants or jeans to keep your legs warm and for your torso take the same approach— a long underwear top and a fleece or wool sweater. I like an insulated but light weight coat to cover my core; the main thing I want is wind protection. My final good gear suggestions are mittens or gloves, a neck gaiter and a good warm hat. There you go—you’re ready to walk!

Right Route!

The right route is one that’s easily accessible, safe, and beautiful. Easy access for some of us is right out the door, which is ideal. If your neighborhood is walkable, you can’t beat “out-the-door” for time management! If your right route is not in your immediate neighborhood, make sure it’s well-lit, has little to no ice, is well trafficked by fellow walkers, and is easy to get to so that you will indeed get there on a regular basis. My main right route criteria is no ice—one slip on a hidden patch of ice and your winter walk turns into a winter spill. Avoid this by walking routes that have full sun during the day and are walked frequently.

Keep it simple, easy and doable walking women and you’ll fall in love with wonderful winter walking.

P.S. Through the One Million Women Walking movement, I help you get the exercise you want in just minutes per day so your Self-care and your TO DO list both get handled! Join 1MWW on Patreon for $1/month to get the exercise you want, the accountability, support, motivation and encouragement you need, and the life transformation you yearn for! See you there—I can’t wait to walk with you!

3 Critical Questions to Ask About Your Workout

One of my goals in founding the One Million Women Walking movement was to develop an actionable tool to help you create health and wellness in your own life in your own way. I knew that I wanted to provide a method that was simple, doable, scientifically proven and highly effective. Why? Well you see . . .

So many women I’ve spoken with said they simply didn’t have the time to add anything complicated or time consuming to their lives—no matter how beneficial it might be. Great feedback! So I kept the 1MWW 3-Step Practice simple, understandable, and immediate by creating a health and wellness plan that you can start right now to benefit your health right now, regardless of your lifestyle or life-stage or how crazy busy your life might be.

We all need little victories and 1MWW is all about daily little victories. Because little daily victories add up to big life-changing results.

The mission of 1MWW is to inspire and empower women to transform their lives by simply walking. Daily walking saved my life (that was my big inspiration) and as I was going through the process of founding 1MWW, building the website, starting social media, I began comparing the ease and effectiveness of walking with other workouts. That led me to some core questions, which I want to share with you now: 3 Critical Questions to Ask About Your Workout.

  1. Does this fit for me? Does my workout fit my lifestyle and Lifestage or does it add one more thing to my To Do list that I ultimately end up resenting and feeling frustrated about?

  2. Does this make me feel better about myself? Does my workout really lift me up in a way that makes me grateful to be doing it?

  3. Does this truly support and expand my whole Self—my body, my mind, and my spirit? Does this workout give me a sense of being more whole, more in tune, more ME?

These might look like simple questions but there’s a profound truth behind them. The truth being that despite your best intentions or your doctor’s warnings or your own fears about your health, you won’t be able to fall in love with a workout that adds to your To Do List, makes you feel worse about yourself, or leaves you feeling fragmented and confused.

I want you to fall in love with your workout and with the YOU that does that workout. I believe you deserve a way to care for yourSelf (body, mind, and spirit) deeply and meaningfully every day. A Self-care practice that fits into your life starting right now, makes you feel really good about yourSelf, and gives you a sense of being on the wonderful, fulfilling journey of becoming the YOU you want to be.

So if you’re not satisfied with your current workout or exercise practice, ask these 3 Critical Questions and listen for your answers. You’ll discover if your self-care is lacking, is frustrating, is shaming or is perfect. My wish your you is that you find the perfect workout and that it elevates your whole Self and that you fall deeply and profoundly in love with it. And that it loves you back, big time!

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

The Holidays can be an incredibly beautiful, wonderful, joyful time and they can be an incredibly stressful, awful, heart-breaking time. Dickens comes to mind, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

For many of us, the Holidays are a mix of good and bad, happy and sad, stressful and peaceful. So to even things out, I’ve created a series of Facebook videos, Tidings of Comfort and Joy, which have quick tips on how to lower your stress, take care of yourSelf (body, mind, and spirit) and take care of your endless To Do List.

Research reveals that a whopping 69% of us are stressed at the holidays about not having enough time. And 69% of us are stressed about not having enough money while 51% of us are stressed about giving and getting gifts. So much stress!

It seemed to me that a few holiday stress hacks might come in handy. Jump over to the 1MWW Facebook page to check out my Tidings of Comfort and Joy, peek at some of my daily walks and while you’re there, join us on Facebook—we do have fun.

We all need some tidings of comfort and joy around the Holidays and I’m happy to jump in with my humble offerings. Happy Holidays!

PS. Here’s the first Tidings of Comfort and Joy video for you—enjoy!

What I Hate

HATE is a strong word. An uncomfortable word, a word many of us have big feelings around. We’re not supposed to hate are we? The negative energy of hate can be phenomenally damaging if we become addicted to it and let it guide our thinking and behavior.

But that’s not the kind of hate I’m talking about here. I’m talking about a HATE that gets me fired up, that focuses my deep purpose, that reminds me why I do what I do and keeps me at it with passion and clarity. A strangely sacred, powerful hate . . .

HERE’S WHAT I HATE:

I hate when you hate yourself. And I especially hate the forces that took you to that awful, despairing, damaging place.

I hate your self-hatred and I hate what took you there and I’m sick of what took you there. I’m absolutely sick of it. I’m sick of you feeling bad about yourself, your choices, what you did and didn’t do. I’m sick of you not KNOWING your own value and worth and intelligence and applying them to your health and well-being. I’m sick of you looking in the mirror and shaming yourself for what you’re not. I’m sick of you looking to the next fad diet or supplement or “it” workout to fix you when in truth you aren’t broken. Dammit. What’s broken (and ugly and damaging) are the health “solutions” that start by telling you how you’re wrong and broken and what you’re supposed to look like and feel like when you’re right (aka buying their product/service.) This is hypocritical fear-mongering and manipulation at best.

I believe our health and the ways we're supposed to get healthy are defined by a lot of shoulda/woulda/coulda expectations that are deliberately disempowering vs empowering. That the message, the subtext of much of what we consume around health is at the core shaming vs healthy. Negative vs positive. And creates dependence vs independence. All of this from an industry that is supposedly dedicated to your health and well-being. How can health and well-being start with shaming and self-loathing? How can you love yourself when you’re given a starting point of focusing on everything that’s wrong with you? It doesn’t make sense and I hate it.

I have a completely different belief about you, your health, yourSelf and your life! I believe you hold the power to create true health for yourSelf (body/mind/spirit) in ways that are authentic to you and your life.

That power comes from knowing yourself, caring for yourself, valuing yourself by discovering your unique formula. You have a unique very personal individual "formula" that's right for your body, mind, and spirit. That formula--a combination of what you think, what you do for exercise, what you consume for fuel and fun, how much or how little sleep you get to renew and heal-- is for you to discover for yourself!

Health, wellness and self-love simply don’t come in a “one-size-fits-all” package. Just because keto/green coffee bean extract/hot yoga Pilates barre/intermittent fasting works for your BFF does not mean it’s going to work for you.

The real problem is that if it doesn’t work for you, instead of thinking, “Huh, that didn’t work for me—that’s not my formula, I’ll try something else,” you think “Oh my god there is SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME! This is working for her so clearly I’m doing it wrong or I’m not trying hard enough or I’m not focused enough or committed enough or I’m not enough.”

The self-shaming, self-blaming, self-loathing talk starts up and pretty soon you hate yourself. Keto/green coffee bean extract/hot yoga Pilates barre/intermittent fasting just took your power away from you and I hate that.

Fortunately your power is innate, it’s your birthright, and even though it was taken from you, you can reclaim it. This power is yours right now today.

If you’re in a pattern of self-hatred, you can’t just STOP and automatically START loving yourself. That’s a transformational journey that will take time, support, compassion, humor, and growth. It’s a journey of change and change is challenging. Change is rigorous work but it’s doable work!

To begin and ultimately succeed in the transformational journey of changing from where you are right now to loving yourself you need to:

  • Know why you want to change.

  • Ignore the gimmicks, the instant gratification, the body ideals, the “experts”, the latest diet/pill/fad.

  • Get back to basics: move more, walk, eat “live” food, drink water. All steps you can take today without any extra/outside influence.

  • Allow the basics to create your solid foundation of health and self-care.

  • Have a community with strong connections that support you in changing.

  • Give your changes time to take hold and take effect.

  • Ask for help and ask questions—don’t go it alone!

  • Celebrate your successes and forgive your fails.

  • Turn your fails into successes by learning from them.

These are the steps of the transformational journey. The steps that lead you from self-hatred to self-acceptance to self-care to self-love. The steps that will change you and your life for the better. And I hate anything less for you or anything that attempts to lessen you.

You are the only YOU we’ve got on this small spinning planet. We need you at your best—your brightest and fullest and most powerful—to bring your unique gifts into this world. No one else but you can do YOU so please take care of you. Truly love YOU on a daily basis with your unique formula—your secret elixir that’s yours and yours alone. There’s real power in knowing and living your formula on a daily basis. The one ingredient you’ll never find is self-hatred. It’s just not in the mix.

(Wondering about the photo on this post? I thought you’d never ask. That’s my soapbox. I throw it down and jump up when I’m good and passionate and ready to let fly with some truth, like I did just now. If you’d like even more truth, get your copy of my free e-book, The Truth About Women Walking to get started on your transformational journey today.)

Giving Thanks

Many of you know how walking saved and also transformed my life. That experience inspired me to found the One Million Women Walking movement. Looking back at those dark years and how walking kept me going forward, literally one step, one walk, one mile at a time, I find myself grateful. Not—oh gee that was just so wonderful I want to do it all again. NOT like that. Not even a little bit. More along the lines of thankful:

  • for all I learned,

  • for the woman I became because of the seemingly endless challenges,

  • for those challenges having led me to here,

  • for One Million Women Walking,

  • and most importantly, for you.

For this I am grateful. For this I give thanks.

We never know where our path will lead, not really. Even something as mundane as the weekly grocery run can turn into an adventure with one flat tire, one stray dog, one elderly woman locked out of her car in the rain. One thing I’ve learned on this walk of life, and continue to learn every day, is to be present, take nothing for granted, and be grateful for everything—large and small!

Be grateful for your senses, for your beating heart and working lungs. Be grateful for your feet, your hands, your laughter. Be grateful for all the things, people, circumstances you take for granted and for all of your own gifts you take for granted—your passions, your talents, your skills, your interests. Never take yourself for granted.

These are just a few of the lessons I’ve been taught over the years of my journey. I’ll continue to learn them in all their magical, wonderful, confusing, frustrating, maddening, infuriating iterations and disguises. Turns out lessons are as stubborn as students. Who knew?

On this day before Thanksgiving, I give thanks for all I’ve learned, all I’ll learn again, all I’ve yet to learn. And I give thanks for you, for walking, for my walking practice, for the One Million Women Walking movement.

What are you thankful for? What lessons are you currently learning? Take them for a walk and make friends with them—that usually works for me.

I wish you and yours the most thankful of Thanksgivings. And after the main course, before the dessert, go for a walk together—around the yard, around the block, around the town. You’ll be so glad you did because you know what? It’ll be an adventure . . .

Walking Creates Health: Part IV

In the previous 3 parts of the Walking Creates Health series, we’ve looked at how walking is the ultimate multi-tasking miracle for women. Walking creates health for our bodies and our minds in myriad wonderful ways. In this final installment, we’ll be uncovering how walking creates health for our souls.

To recap, for the sake of this blog series, when I refer to walking I’m referring to the 1MWW Practice:

  • Taking mini-walks throughout the day.

  • Going for a brisk 25-minute daily walk.

Before diving into today’s topic, I’m going to offer up my personal definition of the soul. In my life, I experience the soul as an immaterial essence, which is spiritual in nature. Another way to say this is I feel the soul is the energy that causes life—a spark from the divine if you will. The soul has governance over the mystical aspects of our life that are just outside of our language to completely explain. However, wonderful advances in technology and quantum physics are bringing us closer and closer to a full understanding of this animating energy without taking away the mystery, the magic, the wonder.

Here’s how walking creates health for our souls! Walking increases creativity up to 60%. That’s stunning and wonderful and is the reason why I encourage all creatives and business owners to walk every day. Creativity comes from inspiration, which is defined as, “A divine influence or action; and the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.” We’ve all experienced inspired moments, walking has the ability to bring us those moments on a regular basis.

Walking also brings peace of mind, especially walking in nature. Walking outside is also linked to greater awareness of our Selves (body/mind/spirit) and the world we inhabit. We feel a greater sense of connection when we walk and engage our five senses.

Walking also enhances our intuition—our inner knowing—the “still, small voice within”. And walking is a known action for problem solving. The Latin phrase “solvitur ambulando” means “it is solved by walking”.

When we walk we create health for our bodies and minds, we activate our creativity, solve problems, experience peace of mind and enhanced awareness. Is it any wonder then, that in this relaxed yet vitalized state, our life visions, our dreams of who and what we can become reveal themselves. This is one of the elements of walking I most enjoy—a sense of stepping into the possibility of mySelf and my life.

This article would not be complete without mentioning two spiritual walking traditions: walking the labyrinth and taking a pilgrimage.

A labyrinth (not a maze!) is a patterned path, frequently circular in form used as a walking meditation in spiritual practices. The labyrinth represents a journey into our own center, our own Self and knowing, and back out into the world.

Labyrinths are used in all faiths as a moving meditation. It is believed that as you walk the sacred geometry, the different pathways actually help to calm the mind, open the heart, and rejuvenate the Self.

Ancient labyrinths exist worldwide and have been used in the spiritual practices of such diverse peoples as the ancient Greeks, Hindus, the Hopi Indians, and more. One of the most famous labyrinths is in the cathedral of Chartes, in France. Labyrinths occur in many parts of the world and in almost all religious traditions; they are experiencing a wonderful rebirth as we seek connection with something deeper, more profound, and more sacred in our lives. One of my dearest friends, who lives in Minnesota, creates a snow labyrinth every year in December to mark the holidays, the Solstice, and the inner journey. I love walking that labyrinth!

The pilgrimage is another form of spiritual walking. When you hear the word, pilgrimage, I imagine the following come to mind: Mecca, and the Camino de Santiago. These are the most well known but there are many more throughout the world, like Glastonbury Tor to Stonehenge in the U.K. and the Kumano Kodo in Japan. As I write this post I feel the strong urge to put several of these on my Walking Bucket List!

There is a simple yet profound connection in putting our feet on this planet and propelling ourselves forward. Every walk we take has elements of these ancient traditions and today we have the technology and science to more fully grasp how profound an act it is to go for a walk. What an exciting time we live in when we can acknowledge and validate the value of the intuitive traditions of our past with the technology and awareness of our time. Quantum physics is where I leave off but know this: every walk you take is creating health for your body, your mind, and your soul. What magic there is in this knowing and this practice.

The alchemy of walking is irrefutable, something we humans have known since we first stood upright and walked into our future. Keep walking, walking women. It’s a great privilege to walk with you.

P.S. Please post your comments on this article and the others in this series in the comment area below. I’d love to hear from you. Also, join the 1MWW movement to create health for your Self (body/mind/spirit) every day. To join go here: 1MWW. I can’t wait to walk with you!

Walking Creates Health: Part III

In Part I of this series, I shared my belief about what health is: “A series of thoughts, choices, and actions throughout each day across all the days of our life. Health is a living, breathing state of being.” I also shared that I see the self as a whole—a Self with a capital S—meaning the magical combination of body/mind/spirit vs the view that the self is unconnected or unrelated parts or “just our body”.

In Part II we reviewed how walking creates health for our physical self—our body. Those benefits are remarkable. Today we’re going to take a look at how walking creates health for our minds—a topic I’m quite passionate about sharing with women.

Here at 1MWW there are two components to our walking Practice:

  1. Taking mini-walks throughout the day.

  2. Going for a brisk 25-minute daily walk.

Those two components are what I refer to as walking in the context of this blog series.

So how do mini-walks and a brisk daily walk create health for our minds? Well for starters, walking improves self-perception, self-esteem, mood and (this is huge ladies) our sleep quality. Walking also lowers stress and anxiety. One point I want to really emphasize in this catalogue of benefits is that a regular walking habit reduces our risk of becoming depressed by up to 30% AND helps those who are depressed to recover. This is really important ladies because we are twice as likely to be diagnoses with depression than men.

Another important way in which walking creates health for our minds is that as we age, a regular walking habit can improve cognitive function, memory, attention and processing speed, and reduce the risk of dementia by 40%.

And here’s a bit of body/mind connectivity for you: As you begin to feel more fit, more energized, stronger and more vital from walking, your body image and confidence increase. That’s a fantastic benefit for us ladies!

I believe that our mind is not just the muscle we call our brain but an intelligence that runs throughout our entire body. An intelligence we can harness and fuel through simply walking. And I believe that once we begin walking, and walking becomes a habit, that habit will happily create more health for our healthy minds thus becoming a delightful and life-giving upward spiral of ever-increasing health and happiness. From simply walking.

Next week we’ll conclude this series with a look at how walking creates health for our spirit. Yes, walking is good for the soul! See you then!

PS. If you haven’t already done so, please download my free e-book, The Truth About Women Walking. I wrote it just for you to empower you with the life-saving, life-changing transformation walking can bring to yourSelf and your life. Also, please join 1MWW on Facebook—we’re a group of Walking Women who walk our walk and talk our walk every day!