There is something so peaceful, energizing, and healthy as a good walk in the morning. I try to take one every chance I get, and love to hear the crunch of stones under my feet. Being out in the "hood," I work muscles, observe nature, smell roses, touch trees, and wave to neighbors. Even when traveling, walking gives me an opportunity to experience being in a different environment.
Author Henry David Thoreau said, "An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day."*
The simple exercise of walking allows one to focus on the road ahead which stops the chatter that rummages through the brain on a regular basis. Being outside stimulates other thoughts and enables one's mind to wander. Sometimes listening to music or a podcast adds to the day with new ideas popping in.
Try This Challenge: Walk Each Day for 5 Days
It's easy to say you don’t have time for a walk. Even once around the block can give you new insights, a little exercise and maybe a nice smile from a neighbor! Here is my challenge to start a great new habit:
- Set a walk time on your calendar for 5 days
- Walk for 10 minutes the first two days
- Walk for 20 minutes the next two days
- Walk for 30 minutes the fifth day
- Record 3 things that you see, touch, smell, or notice each day
- Rest on the sixth day and review any changes: Feel better? Feel healthier? Feel energized?
The idea is to encourage a new habit that can serve your health and your soul! My mom walked nearly every day of her adult life. Sometimes my shadow resembles her cadence or arm swing. A nod that I like to think she's encouraging me by walking with me!