Take a walk

Take A Walk. Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide

How was your week one habit?! Are you drinking water immediately after waking up? If you struggled with consistency, feel free to start over with week one’s early morning water drinking habit and stick with it until it is smooth sailing. If you need more support, let me know. I am happy to help.

Moving on, if you were able to nail 5 out of 7 days of the goal last week, we will now add healthy habit number two.

This is one of my favs.

Go for a walk!!!

But wait…we are going to dive into this a little more.

I have to be honest, I have not always been a big walker. I mean, sure, I love an occasional walk when the timing and weather are perfect. But I have to admit, prior to my major surgery and quarantine last year, I truly did not appreciate the value of going for a walk. Now, I do.

I have embraced the power of going for a walk. Here are some things I have discovered about walking…

*Perfect distraction for mindless/boredom/emotional eating and alcohol drinking.

*Perfect (dare I say it!) temporary escape from kids, new puppies, spouses, live in guests, and so on.

*Your mental health will thank you. Take it the greenery and sunshine and breathe deep!

*Gets you off the couch! Great way to get in your steps if you are tracking. If you are not tracking, you are still getting in steps which means you are moving!

*Enjoy the walk by yourself or catch up with a friend, spouse, neighbor.

*Catch up on the podcast and/or Audible book you have been wanting to listen to.

*Bring your phone to voice text notes of things you remember while walking so you can let them go instead of anxiously waiting to get back and do them.

*Or don’t bring your phone! That works too. It is SO much freedom. I highly recommend doing this on occasion.

So, your homework for this week is to get outside and go for a walk. What will work best for you? Early morning, mid morning, lunch break, afternoon, evening, later evening? Think about your schedule and set yourself up for success. Can you get up 15 minutes earlier and start your day with water and a walk? Or does lunch break equal success for you?

The key is scheduling it as if it were an important doctor appointment. Then just show up. The more you just show up, you will get to a point where you will not have to make a decision to do it. It will just be as natural as brushing your teeth, washing your hands after going to the bathroom or putting on your seatbelt. These are all habits you had to learn how to do. Years of doing them and you don’t have to think about it anymore. Boom!

I can’t wait to hear about your walks! Keep me posted.

In health,
Coach Sarah