Is every little nuisance driving you insane? A good solution for dealing with life’s little annoyances is to distance yourself from the problem. Giving yourself a break from a frustrating situation will give you peace of mind. Then you can come back to that situation in a more clear and levelheaded way. We are not saying to run from your problems, instead WALK towards a solution!
There is growing evidence that walking as exercise is making a comeback. “Between 2005 and 2010, the number of adults who walked for 10 minutes or more at least once a week rose from 56 to 62 percent—an increase of almost 20 million people—as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (source).”
What do you normally do to stay fit? Do you run on a daily basis? Hit the gym 5 times a week? Lift weights at home? What if I told you that simply adding in walking to your daily routine could help improve your quality of life? “The beauty of walking for exercise is that it isn’t just a means to burn calories, lose weight, and improve cardiorespiratory fitness (which, in and of itself is reason enough to do it); walking for exercise also treats an assortment of illnesses and health conditions, including arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and fatigue (source).”
By getting 30 minutes of walking in a day, we can look forward to the following benefits:
• Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
• Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
• Improve blood lipid profile
• Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
• Enhance mental well being
• Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
• Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
• Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
But how can we find the time to walk for 30 minutes a day? The good news is… you can break up the 30 minutes into three 10-minute intervals. So something like parking farther away from your destination and walking a further distance can help you get into one of your 10-minute intervals for the day. Using strategies like this will send a message to your brain that you care about your body. These positive messages will promote more self-care and will have a ripple effect on your health. Making yourself a priority will not only improve your life, but will improve the lives of your loved ones. When you take care of yourself, others are better taken care of by you. So here’s to leaving anger behind and walking towards a healthier tomorrow.
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