Don't give up. Please don't give up if you do not instantly 'take' to walking as a fun activity. Don't expect instant results, instant toning, instant fun. It takes time - like most great things.
So, start slow, move along steadily, increase your activity level or your time walking every week, post your start date on your calendar so you can look back on that and see how long you've been moving.
There's the idea of the Success Chain that can be quite motivating. Every day you walk, put a small X on your calendar. Every day. Even if you miss a day or two, don't worry. Just put those X's down when you walk. At the end of a month, see how many X's you've posted. You're winning if there are at least THREE X's each week. Four is better, Five is Fantastic. More than that is fine - just means you've really gotten with the program. You probably even look forward to your walk(s). I do.
But, it was not always so. In the beginning - about 13 years ago - it took some mental gymnastics to get my derriere out the door many days. But, I did it because, as you may recall, I had to give up racquetball and I needed some sort of physical outlet. I took up walking because my mom and one of my best friends were regular walkers. They set fantastic examples for me.
My mom is now 89 and still walks at least one mile every day. She'd walk more except she can't walk very fast as she has lost most of her vision and can't see well enough to walk confidently which slows her down. But, she does it! Almost every day! I'm really proud of her - and glad that I have such a good role model.
Let me be that for you. I LOVE my walks. I look forward to them. I've set myself up for success. I have a 14 year long Success Chain - and that's something I could not have predicted. Now, I know that I'll have 14 or more years to add to my Success Chain. Good walking buddies (and you know who you are out there) are part of my success and a great deal of the reason that I look forward to my walks.
So, get a friend, make a friend, adopt a friend (the 4 legged kind) and get walking!
***************************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.
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