Why I love Walking

>> Tuesday, March 22, 2011

There are periods of time when I feel like I'm productive. Making progress. Dealing well with all my obligations and responsibilities. There are other times, like NOW, when I feel like I'm floundering. Or simply unwilling to make space in my schedule and mind for the gazillions of things that are required of me.

It's not all bad stress. Far from it, really. I try to make the best of things, though. Eat well, sleep 8 hours each night, make time for fun stuff.

E.x.e.r.c.i.s.e. (That's a biggie.)

That's exactly why I love walking. When I feel entirely overwhelmed, tired, cranky, or even sick, a walk -- 9-times-out-of-10 -- perks me up. Gets my blood pumping. Relaxes me. Lets me think. And in an entirely different way than running, which often does these same things. Sometimes, friends, I'm just too stressed to run.

It happens. If it happens to you, know that it's OK. An hour long walk cures what ails you perhaps moreso than a run. You can even split walking into spurts throughout the day and still gain great cardiovascular benefits. Great stress-relieving moments. Fresh air. You can sneak in guilty pleasure-TV, too (oh, how I love The Secret Life of the American Teenager!) -- SANS guilt -- if you have a treadmill.

I guess that's all I wanted to write about it. So, next time you feel crazy . . . take a walk.

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