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Put One Foot in Front of the Other

I think too many of us our perfectionists - and not in a good way.

I have friends who won't try running because they can't run a marathon. Other friends think they have to start working out before they can go try CrossFit. Then there are those who won't bike, hike, or swim because they can't start with long distances. Since when do we have to be a gold medalist before we can step out and take on something physical?

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. You don't. The only person you need to compete against is yourself. (If you're already competing, this message isn't necessarily for you.)

I am asking every one of you, if you aren't already doing something physical on a regular basis to consider getting out and going for a walk. It doesn't have to be a marathon or any long distance, just enough to challenge yourself. Get up and walk to the mailbox. Then, maybe the end of the street. The next day a little further, each time pushing just a bit harder. Why?

There are so, so, so many good reasons for us to get walking. A quick internet search can give you an exhaustive list. I just want to share a few with hopes of encouraging you to join me.

  • Walking improves heart heath, lowers stress, improves mood, and reduces depression.

  • Walking will burn calories helping you work towards and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Walking strengthens your joints, reduces your risk of chronic disease, and boosts your immune function.

  • Walking improves your sleep, boosts your brainpower, and enhances creativity.

  • Walking makes other goals seem more attainable.

Like I said, start small. Just start. I think you may be surprised the positive difference it will make. But cut yourself some slack, if you miss a day, don't give up. Just remind yourself how good you feel when walking is a part of your daily routine and get back on track. This isn't about being perfect; it's just about being.

And yes, please remember that before starting a new exercise regime, you should consult with your doctor.



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