Take a Walk

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!

* https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/henry_david_thoreau_108393

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