This week I wanted to walk- but never did. Why? Not real sure, hot, busy and those excuses that we all want to use from time to time. So I figured out reasons why.. It all comes down to time.
One of the main reasons people give for not walking is that they don't have the time. It may be a challenge but it is possible! You just need to think creatively and remember that even very short walks can add up throughout the course of the day.
Here are some easy strategies:
Make an early date with yourself: Squeeze in a 10-minute walk around breakfast, before the day's events catch up with you.
Walk to a nearby store instead of driving.
Walking the dog? Keep track of your actual striding time and try to get in at least 10 minutes per walk.
Heading to the mall? Put on your walking shoes before you go — then park an extra 100 yards from the entrance, and take a lap or two around the mall before you start shopping.
Make walking part of your daily commute: In the morning, walk to your train or bus stop — or get off the bus a few blocks early and walk to your office, then get off the elevator a few floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way.
Take a 10-minute walk on your lunch hour.
Got a meeting? Brainstorm ideas with a co-worker while walking around the block, or strolling together through the halls of your office. You may find your thoughts flow better.
Take a walk after dinner. Ask family members to come along. It might be a welcome change from the same old TV shows!
Remember, your goal is to accumulate walks at a moderately brisk pace. Even five minutes count. How about now?
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