Today, Wednesday April 5th, is National Walking Day and a great day to get out and start moving more. Walking is one of the best, inexpensive and accessible forms of exercise to improve your health and fitness. I walk everyday, it is sort of a moving meditation for me. I walk my dog about a mile every morning and usually walk again later in the day with my family. It is a great way to relieve stress, connect with nature and spend time with loved ones. Some of the best conversations with friends and family happen on a walk! The American Heart Association has a page dedicated to helping you get off on the right foot (see what I did there?)
People often ask me, "what's the best exercise?" and my answer is, "the one you'll do". Walking is one that most people can do, especially if you have a dog or children. It is a simple way to maintain your health and theirs. A walk to the park is good for the whole family. If you don't live in a walk friendly environment, consider mall walking or visit a nearby school track. Hiking is another great way to start walking, enjoy nature adding interest and cross training to your usual walking routine. If you've been thinking about exercise since the New Year consider walking. Joining a gym, and buying exercise equipment are great but start by putting one foot in front of the other. If you can build a routine with minimal expense and discover you are motivated to add more movement into your life, there are lots of options. To get started KISS, keep it simple sweetheart. To quote Nike, "just do it"!
If you are looking for a way to get started and need a little more guidance than what is offered above, look into WalkIT Arizona, a walking intervention through texting program offered through Arizona Sate University www.walkitarizona.org/