Continuing on the theme I recently wrote about from SAS, their idea to jot down a few things about your walk. Their little walking journal includes these headings:
Distance in Miles
Minutes per Walk
Pretty good for starters. Some other items to note might be:
Where You Walked
With Whom You Walked
Feelings at the start of the walk - happy, sad, tired, angry, groggy, etc.
Feelings at the end of the walk - energetic, revived, tired, sweaty, happy, not-angry.
What you saw on your walk - especially if there was something of interest.
Why note these things in a walking journal? We forget things so quickly. One day blends into another. Walking is not only about starting with baby steps and working toward miles. It's also about exploring the world around you, making friends, learning more about ourselves, accomplishing our goals, encouraging others, and much more.
Your journal can be a tool to motivate yourself to walk farther, more often, harder. It can give you a good handle on which walking situation works best for you. Does one friend make you push farther than another? Does one route especially appeal to you? Does walking improve your state of mind? Does walking make you tired or energetic?
So, start with a simple journal. Start with those few headings - Date, Distance in Miles (or feet or yards), and Minutes. But, at least for now, leave an extra area with no heading and write down in that box anything special you note about your walk - mood, weather, beauty of your surroundings, a secret you were told (in code, of course), something you learned about yourself (you CAN walk a mile!!!).
Later, you may find some other headings to be useful or imformative. What a great record of progress and accomplishment you'll be creating for yourself!
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.
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