Walking as exercise

Walking Creates Health: Part I

Health is defined as, “The state of being free from illness or injury.” Free from illness or injury sounds pretty good. Sounds like how most of us would prefer to be--every day. But health is not a static, fixed point we arrive at--health is a series of thoughts, choices, and actions throughout each day across all the days of our life. So health is a living, breathing state of being, fluctuating depending on all the variables we throw at it--some of which are doozies.

I don’t know a single person who is rigorous enough in their thoughts, choices, and actions to be “free from illness or injury” one hundred percent of the time. But I know some people who are right up there in the eighty to ninety percent zone, which is a great place to live. Most of those individuals practice health daily by eating whole, live foods, drinking plenty of water, getting outside, exercising, and getting the sleep they need. These health choices aren’t some enforced protocol to make them “free from illness or injury”; these health choices are the habits of their lives so there’s no stress, no forcing, no shaming/blaming/ugly self talk around any of it. They just live a healthy life and are, therefore, healthy.

That being said, for many people those health practices would feel forced, would feel like a tortuous way to live, would feel like punishment. Would be hard practices to adapt and turn into habits.

That’s why I’m a fan of starting with a really basic, yet profoundly effective activity that’s pretty easy to incorporate into just about everyone’s daily life: walking. Why? Because walking creates health.

Walking literally saved my life during the darkest years I’ve ever experienced and it became the foundation for my health practice. I’m a devoted daily walker.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring how and why walking creates health. We’ll do a deep dive into the benefits we realize for our whole Self (body/mind/spirit) when we choose two simple actions:

  • Taking mini-walks throughout the day.

  • Going for a brisk 25-minute daily walk.

These two simple actions have such profound results its like magic! I look forward to sharing the magic with you here.

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It's National Women's Health Week!

National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day every year. It’s a reminder for us to take care of ourselves ladies, and to make our health care a priority.

My belief is that health is not a static point we somehow arrive at. Health is a series of thoughts, choices, and actions throughout each day across all the days of our life.

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As women it’s very easy to say we know we should make our health care a priority but it’s another thing entirely to actually do that. We take care of our family, our friends, our work, our home and our other responsibilities before we care for ourselves. Frequently that means there’s very little time, energy, or money left for self care.

This is why I want you to start where you are today and take just a few baby steps in the direction of your health care. Today, choose to move more throughout your day. If your work mostly involves sitting at a desk, get up every 30 minutes and go for a brisk 5-minute walk. This simple action stops the damage caused by excessive sitting and will create a rock solid foundation for your health. Experts have shown that moving more throughout the day, (aka organic movement), is what humans are designed to do to be healthy. It’s that simple!

Once you’re moving more, add a 25-minute walk on your lunch break to up-level your health exponentially. This simple action can save your life. Walking lowers your risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and obesity. And walking increases creativity, self-esteem and adds up to 7 years to your life.

Over time--just a few months--you’ll begin to see and feel changes in your body, your thinking, and your emotions.

SUMMARY:
To prioritize your health move more throughout your day and go for a 25-minute walk at lunch. Simple small steps that add up to a happy, healthy, long life.

Happy Women’s Health Week Ladies!