Walking Up Hill In Both Directions might sound a little funny but there are days when that is what it feels like to me. If you are a walker you know what I mean. It seems to take a lot of extra effort to keep going until you finish the route.
Runners have an invisible wall they hit when running for long distances. This wall is somewhere about the three-quarter mark of their course and they must really push themselves to keep going and break through that wall. I seem to have an invisible walkers wall, except it is front end loaded. I need to push myself for the first 300 to 4oo yards and then I will break into my stride. Perhaps I am not doing enough warm up exercises. I have not tested that theory yet because after about 10 minutes of exercise I want to get going. I do this every other day of the week and have been doing it for a while now. If I should miss a morning walk, I really feel a little out of sorts the rest of the day.
We were designed to walk for miles and miles to hunt and gather our food. Yet, in modern
society, we spend most of our time sitting down. That is not good for our bodies leading to a host of health problems. This is probably one of the most important reasons to make an effort to move around and go for a walk each day. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Most of us sit for our work, we eat sitting down, and to be honest all we want to do when we come home from work is plop down on the couch for a Netflix marathon until bedtime.
In other words, getting and staying in the habit of going for a walk each day can be a bit of a challenge. But that’s exactly what we need to do. We need to get in the habit of going for that walk just like we’re in the habit of brushing our teeth twice a day or taking out the trash on Tuesdays. Once it’s a well ingrained habit, it won’t be as much of a challenge to make sure we go for a walk.
A great place to start is to find a walking route you enjoy. It helps to make it as easy as possible. I am lucky because I have the Pacific ocean with its sandy beaches at one end of my route and fresh coconut water directly from a coconut at the other end of the route. Your favorite walk may offer beautiful vistas, but if it’s a 30 minute drive there and back, you’ll be less likely to do it every single day. Instead, save that walk for the weekends and come up with something convenient and pleasant for your everyday walking routine.
If you can, find a route in your own neighborhood so you can leave right from your front door. Just lace up your shoes and start walking. On the days I am not walking my route I exercise and work outdoors to move and tone my body. (My wife does not mind that the property is always clean either)
Taking the same route every day helps form that habit. It’s also encouraging to notice that you can walk the same loop faster or with less effort over time. It proves that you’re making a difference and are getting stronger and increasingly fitter. I add at least a mile to my walk by taking my walking shoes off when I get to the ocean and walking barefoot in the sand for a while. It has to do with grounding our bodies with nature. Or should I call it sanding?
Listening to your favorite music, podcast or audio books is also helpful. It will make the time go by faster and give you something else to look forward to. You can even use your favorite media as a way to bribe yourself to go for your daily walk. Let’s say you have a couple of podcasts you enjoy. Save them for your walks and only let yourself listen to them while you’re walking. It’s a great incentive to get out there even on days when you’re not feeling it.
Last but not least consider walking with other people. Find a walking group in your area, or talk a friend or neighbor into becoming your walking buddy. Not only is it more fun to walk when you have someone to talk to, it also has some built in accountability. It’s much easier to skip a walking workout when you know that other people are waiting for you and relying on you to join them. My wife is my walking buddy and she beings long a niece that likes to walk. I have a faster stride because I am going for a heart workout, but it is nice to have them involved even if their pace is a little slower.
Give these tips a try and see if they help you make walking a habit and an integral part of your health, your fitness, and your life. There will be days when you will feel like you are walking up hill in both directions, but that is when you are getting your best work out.
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