Today we are more sedentary than we have ever been. Our society and our way of working/living promotes being still. Sitting watching TV, working at a computer, playing with an iPad/iPod or iPhone. We have all experienced at some time or another just how much time can be sucked away whilst visiting our Facebook page. We tend to choose the car to walking to the shops. We get groceries home delivery, we take the elevator instead of the stairs, shop online and much more.
“Every step of today will chase a dream tomorrow.”
Movement of any kind helps support our mind, body and spirit. It clears our mind and allows us to see things differently. It blows the cobwebs from yesterday and last week out enabling us to live in the now. Our spirit is uplifted and impacted when the endorphins are triggered. Our body loves to be moved, it grows strong, it operates differently and supports us well.
“Everywhere is within walking distance if we have the time.”
– Steven Wright
Moving our body and getting exercise can be done in many different ways, from yoga, stretching, playing a team sport, running, cycling, swimming and walking. The magic happens in the regularity, being persistent and focused about the reason behind why we are doing it.
Walking is an ancient exercise and is a particularly accessible form of physical activity. It is low‐impact, can be done in many different locations including out from the house and around the block, in a park, the beach, bush land, even waiting for children at sports training and it’s free to do. It is appropriate for all ages so encouraging our children to come walking with us is an important role-modelling strategy. Walking can also avoid weight gain provided we do it consistently.
It is said that ‘Walking is Man’s Best Medicine’ and listed below are benefits in getting ourselves moving, moving, moving. Statistics provided by Every Body Walk, a campaign to get people walking.
- Boosts Endorphins – Easing stress, tension, anger, fatigue and confusion in 10 minutes,
- Limits sickness – By halving the odds of catching colds,
- Reduces – Glaucoma risk,
- Halves – Alzheimer’s disease risk over 5 years,
- Improves – Heart health, by increasing heart rate and circulation,
- Works – Arm and shoulder muscles,
- Engages – AB muscles,
- Improves – Blood pressure by 5 points,
- Builds – Bone mass, reducing risk of osteoporosis,
- Limits – Colon cancer by 31% for women,
- Strengthens – Legs, including quadriceps, hip flexors and hamstrings,
- Improves – Balance,
- Burns – More fat than jogging.
Only 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week can make us Healthier and Happier.
We can choose to live life like a pair of walking legs, the foot forward has no pride and the foot behind has no shame. They both know their situation will change.
Suggestions to get moving and being healthier…
- Make a decision to do something different – this is generally the toughest part,
- Jump off the couch and start moving – just a little bit in the beginning can take us a long way,
- Investigate a stand up desk – stop the sitting all day,
- Move around every 30 minutes or so, important for muscles, circulation and our mind,
- Our health impacts on our thoughts, our thoughts impact on our behaviour, choose the right ones. Choose positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts.
- Find professional help, hire a personal trainer for the physical side and a Life Coach for the mindset side,
- Use a pedometer to check in on our movement during the day,
- Research different walks available, from local walks to walks around the world,
- Do a charity event – walking, jogging or be a volunteer,
- Practice exercises in the kitchen, do press-up’s against the bench, do 10 squats before sitting on the office chair, do one legged squats before sitting down.
- Use our imagination to create movement and watch the change.
- Educate ourselves on the benefits of walking.
- Go somewhere amazing in the world to walk, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, England, Nepal and more.
“If you don’t like the road you are walking starting paving another one.”