I began my conscious fitness journey in the early 1990s and it began with walking. Prior to
that I rode my bike along Chicago’s Lake Front and performed a few home exercises like jumping rope, but that was more for fun and enjoyment and stopped once I opened my first business in 1985.
Five years and twenty pounds later, I made a decision to drop those pounds. After witnessing a neighbor going and returning from what appeared to be a power walk in the mornings, I asked if she would mind if I joined her. Prior to this encounter, we had never really spoken before even though we lived across the street from each other for several years. She agreed and after walking for a summer, we learned so much about each other and quickly became close friends. There are powerful benefits to walking and even better when you meet a great friend.
If you are on a walking regiment, Great! Unless you are experiencing a physical challenge which prevents you fast movements, increase your speed and distance to improve your stamina and endurance.
If you are a beginner and wandering where to start. It’s easy to start right where you are. Whether you walk to the corner, around the corner, stroll around a lake or the local mall (which has proven to be safe), partaking in simple steps may prove to be a life-changing experience. A few benefits to walking may include.
Free and Easy
Help you lose or maintain weight
Help to improve cardiovascular health
Strengthens muscles and helps ease joint pains
Lowers the risk of diseases (heart, some cancers, hypertension...)
Improves energy level
Great for the mind.
Meet new friends or improve communication with partners
The summer I walked with my neighbor, I incorporated a free exercise, changed my diet, made a new friend and loss twenty-five pounds. My journey has continued even through my own health challenges.