I remember that my Grandfather walked for 10 minutes after every meal. Not only was he very principled, he was very consistent in the way in which he lived his life. Walking is just one such example but it does illustrate a few points worth mentioning.
Now that I’m getting older, my health is even more important to me (it should have been all along my life’s journey). A couple of years ago I began walking at a consistent pace and taking our dog for companionship and exercise (nobody likes a lazy dog . . .wait, that’s not true). Each year I started and stopped based on lots of different mental excuses. I learned a long time ago that when you’re looking for an excuse, anyone will do (weather being a possible exception to the excuse rule). So, I walk everyday, Monday through Friday and give myself the weekends off.
On the weekends I’m usually working alongside my wife around our home. For me, that ensures that I’m exercising albeit in a different way.
The benefits of walking are amazing. Prior to walking, my hip bothered me all the time. I’ve lost weight and viola, my hip no longer hurts. It also gives my mind a rest while I appreciate nature and the beauty around me. The best benefit is that I’ve lost 32 pounds from my original weight before I started walking.
As part of my weight loss regimen I joined LoseIt.com to track what I eat (accountability) and what I do (excercise). I also purchased a Fitbit (www.fitbit.com) Zip that tracks my steps, distance and the calories I’ve burned as a result. It resets itself at Midnight each day.
Now, LoseIt has awarded me this badge for achieving my goal weight. I’m proud of this because of the effort it represents and changes associated with that effort. I highly recommend using LoseIt if you want to take control (personal accountability) of what you’re eating and what you’re doing to improve your health.
The benefit to me has been enormous. The benefits to walking may be even better for you.