Dateline, Thursday, June 9, 2011
"Walking is a very underrated exercise, health expert says" is the headline of an article written by Ellen Warren of the Chicago Tribune appearing in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Really! Haven't I been telling you that all along? Now, do you believe me?
Of course, if it appears in print, it must be true.
Well, in this case - it is!
Here are the tips for 'Getting Off The Couch'
* start with a slow walk, just a few minutes a day;
* increase time gradually;
* then walk faster;
* make a game out of it by spotting an object and speeding toward it;
* let breathing return to normal then speed up again.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll have read at least one article highlighting each bullet except maybe the make a game out of it part. But, it's all a game. Think how we played games as children - tag, capture the flag, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, hopscotch, baseball, softball, Red Rover, etc. They ALL involve walking/running/moving.
That's why most of us were slim as kids. Not everyone - but most of us. Now, kids play video games instead of these healthier outdoor alternatives. Sad. Oh, don't get me started on the serotonin part of the equation.
So, take my advice or take it from the newspaper - get walking! It needn't be competitive, but if that makes it more fun for you, then do it! A direct quote from the article states "Going faster will make you feel even better..." I agree. But, even a casual stroll beats sitting through another episode of Cops!
***************************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. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.