It’s time to walk!
As the weather begins to warm up and the days become longer, many of us want to spend time outside rather than being cooped up inside. It is very tempting to sit outside on your deck or patio and enjoy the fresh air but it would be FANTASTIC if you took a walk first. Walking is a great way to start being more physically active. It is free, can be done just about anywhere, and doesn’t require special equipment, just comfortable clothes and good shoes.
Think baby steps. If you have not been active for a while don’t hesitate and don’t think you have to walk miles and miles. Start slowly, but be consistent. Walk every day even if it is only a block or two at first.
Start walking 10 minutes at a time. Think five minutes out and five minutes back. See how far you walked in those five minutes and remember where you were when you turned around to head back. As little as ten minutes of physical activity does provide health benefits such as: feeling better about yourself, less chance of being depressed, better sleep quality, stronger muscles and bones, and moving easier.
Posture perks. As you are walking think about your posture. Keep your head up, tummy in, and shoulders relaxed. Swing your arms naturally. Select your own comfortable, natural step length.