In Parts I and II of this blog series, The Five Ws of Women Walking, I shared the WHY, WHEN, WHERE and WHO of women walking. In today’s post I’m excited to share WHAT walking really is and HOW to transform your health and life with walking.
WALKING IS THE ULTIMATE WAY TO CARE FOR YOURSELF EVERY DAY.
That’s what walking really is--the ultimate way to care for yourSelf every day. Walking creates health for your whole Self , (that capital S means body, mind, and spirit), which means that all of you benefits from walking in ways too numerous to count.
Just walking? Yes. Walking.
The Surgeon General recommends adults do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity like walking to meet the guidelines for optimal health.
And did you know walking is the #1 doctor prescribed exercise? Doctors don’t prescribe exercise that isn’t “real exercise” or exercise that “isn’t enough”. Doctors prescribe highly effective, scientifically proven, doable exercise that works. If you are one of the 80% of women in this country who are not getting the recommended amount of exercise for optimal health, walking is the best place to start because you can start right now--right where you are!
Unlike grueling gym workouts or classes you have to squeeze into your overwhelmingly busy schedule, walking fits in wherever and whenever it best suits you--like right now!
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE TRUE HEALTH FOR YOURSELF ON YOUR TERMS, STARTING TODAY.
Walking is that power--your power to take care of your Self in a deeply meaningful, scientifically proven, incredibly effective way. That’s WHAT walking is for women.
Next, HOW to walk--the bonus I promised!
Before I get to specific How-to’s I want to share one of my favorite things about walking:
WALKING ADAPTS TO TIME AND PLACE, MOOD AND NEED!
If you find walking boring, become walking partners with a friend or group of friends and walk together. You’ll be amazed at how the time flies when you’re walking and chatting with pals.
If you’re working your way through some troubling problems, take a walk by yourself to let your inner wisdom bubble up. I recommend a walk in nature--in a park or by a river or stream to destress, relax, and listen to yourself.
And if you’ve decided that you hate walking, try walking with your 5 senses engaged vs focusing on your resentment. Again, get out into nature and drop into what you’re hearing, seeing, smelling, feeling and tasting. Really focus on your experience to have a different experience. You won’t know if you like it until you try it.
HOW to get started:
Members of the One Million Women Walking movement follow a simple, proven 3-Step Practice to create whole-Self health by walking. Follow these Steps or, better yet, simply join us for $1/month.
The 1MWW 3-Step Practice:
Step One: Move More Throughout Your Day
Step Two: A Brisk Daily Walk
Step Three: Your Superpower
Moving more throughout your day offsets the damage done by sitting. This is mission critical for 9-5 desk workers.
A brisk daily walk creates whole Self health for you and your life. Walking. Simply walking.
Your superpower is your caring. Women care about other women. Have you ever stopped your entire life to go help your BFF when she needed you? Dropped everything to help your sister through a crisis? Organized the meals for a woman and her kids who found themselves in deep need of assistance? YES YOU HAVE. That’s your superpower.
THE CONNECTIVITY AND CARING OF WOMEN IS AN UNTAPPED POWER--A VEIN OF UNSTOPPABLE ENERGY THAT RUNS THROUGH WOMEN LIKE NOTHING I’VE EVER SEEN OR EXPERIENCED. I BELIEVE IT’S OUR SUPERPOWER. WHEN WE CONNECT AND CARE IN COMMUNITY, WE CHANGE THE WORLD.
Community is what makes Steps One and Two of the 1MWW 3-Step Practice sustainable. When we focus our caring deliberately, first on ourSelves and then in a community of like-minded, like-hearted women who share the same journey and same goals, our superpower expands exponentially. For 1MWW members that exponential expansion goes beyond our walking community, a percentage of 1MWW’s annual post-tax profits goes to women whose walk of life needs our support. Members vote on where these funds go. In this way our steps count not only for ourSelves and the 1MWW community, but for a bigger vision that needs our superpower. In this way . . .