Want to get ahead in life by taking a few simple steps? If you think that fibromyalgia or chronic illness makes a fitness or body movement program impossible, then take it easy. Start slowly. Put one foot in front of the other (a.k.a walking) and enjoy a wealth of physical and emotional benefits.
If you’re looking for reasons, here are just —> a few (SEVENTEEN!)<— ways that walking is beneficial .…
- Connect with nature / grounding
- Clearing your thoughts
- Improved / better digestion
- Strengthening and lengthening muscles
- Detoxification of the body (and mind!)
- Oxygenation of the body / improved breathing
- Mood elevation
- Joint lubrication / pain relief
- Reduction of whole body inflammation
- Balances blood sugar
- Stabilizes blood pressure
- Improves balance issues
- Improves memory
- Do-able option for those with muscle and joint pain issues and/or limited mobility
- Natural stress-reliever
- Strengthens and boosts the immune system
- Has meditative benefits
Isn’t that enough to get you out the door? Walking is so simple, it’s easy to overlook it as a viable fitness option. It can be done indoors or out, rain or shine. It can be done by anyone with the ability to stand and walk … even if it’s just for a limited time.
Whether you start by walking to your mailbox and back, or walking around the block, it’s simple to create a routine that’s suited for your personal needs.
Want some tips to begin?
Here are Six Success Tips designed to keep your daily walking routine in step –
- 1) Comfortable shoes and clothing –
Choose supportive shoes and loose clothing. Wear clothes in layers that can easily be added or subtracted as you go. Remember that your body temperature will likely fluctuate as you walk.
- 2) Consistency –
Plan to walk at roughly the same time daily and make a habit of it (by implementing tip #6)!
- 3) Plan ahead –
Be prepared for weather setbacks – too chilly, too hot, too whatever…). Designate a “plan B” location such as an indoor shopping mall, a gym, or even pop in a favorite walking DVD at home.
- 4) Take a buddy (fleshy or furry) –
There’s nothing like accountability to ensure success, right? Take your pet, your friend, your neighbor or anyone who’s willing to go along.
- 5) Dizziness an issue?
Use a walking stick or cane to steady your body and pace yourself. And, because walking itself improves balance, you may not need assistance as you grow stronger.
- 6) Tracking –
Be sure to write your fitness activities and goals on a calendar or tracking sheet. Tracking your accomplishments builds motivation. It’s a powerful key to success!
There’s nothing like a soundtrack to accompany your walks. I couldn’t write about walking without a few melodies popping into my head. Did the same ones pop into yours?
What’s your favorite walking tune? Share in the comments below!
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