“Walk 15 Minutes a Day and Reap the Benefits” by Joan Y. Edwards
On January 4, 2013 I wrote “8 Reasons You Should Walk in 2013.” I told you I used to walk but I hadn’t been able to talk myself into it again. I blocked the idea of walking and fought from every possible angle. Once I told myself two things, it transformed my fight into fuel to help me walk consistently.
You say: “Tell us what those two things were.”
- I could walk easily in my house for 15 minutes. No excuses that it’s too hot, too cold, too scary, too dark, too early, too late, or other excuses.
- I could walk 15 minutes before I go on the internet and before I eat breakfast. For motivation, I know myself well enough to realize if I said, walk 15 minutes before you go to the Internet, it would work. I made that my rule. I don’t like to walk on a full stomach, so I added the idea to walk my 15 minutes before breakfast, too.
I walked 15 minutes a day for two months. I stopped for 14 days when I had a cold. When I went to the doctor, I had lost 5 pounds and dropped my cholesterol 100 points.
In November, 2012 the doctor told me my cholesterol was very high. When I went for my checkup the last of February, three months later, it was 100 points lower. Part of that could have been because I’ve eaten more veggie plates when I go out to eat. I also cut down on the amount of ice cream I eat. I eat fewer eggs and use artificial eggs and link sausage with less cholesterol. When you look for ways you can do it, instead of asking yourself why you can’t do it, it’s a lot simpler and takes less energy. Fighting it takes much more energy than walking itself.
Since January 4, 2013, I walked 15 minutes 71 times in 82 days. I’m working on adding another 15 minutes in the afternoon or evening. I’ve done that 5 times. I’ll have to figure out a way to motivate me to do it consistently. Each time I walk 15 minutes I put the number on my calendar. The first time I walk I put a 1 for that day. If I walk twice that day, then I put 1 and 2 for that date. If I walk 15 minutes the next day, I put a 3 for that date.
If you’re not walking, I hope you’ll try it. Walk 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, or more. Perhaps your stove has a timer. Below is a link for an online stopwatch timer. Set it for the time you think you can make it and go for it. Each little bit you walk, helps make it easier to walk a little longer. It sends those sweet, healthy endorphins to your brain. It helps your immune system. It make you feel good. It helps you solve problems. It increase your brain power. It gives you a feeling of satisfaction. It will give you a feeling of well-being. So go ahead, try it. Walk.
To celebrate my success in walking, I’m writing this post for you and me. If you’re willing to walk 5, 10, or 15 minutes a day for 10 days, leave a comment below. At the end of 10 days, please come back and reply to your first comment, telling the outcome. How much did you walk? Pat yourself on the back each time you walk.
On Friday, April 5, 2013 (I wasn’t specific here…so I’ll say after midnight) I’ll choose a random winner to receive a paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle or a free logo about Walking 15 Minutes a Day to put on your email, on your website or blog. You can print a copy to put on your mirror. When you write down that you’re going to do it, you create a vision of you succeeding, and before long you’ve done it. It makes you accountable. Say it’s okay if you walk. And it’s okay if you don’t. That may stop the inner fighting. It worked for me.
Walk alone or with someone. Walk inside your house. Walk outside your house. Just walk.
Listen to music while you walk. Listen to a book on tape while you walk. Sing hymns while you walk. Recite your favorite poems while you walk. Just walk.
April 4, 2013 is National Walking Day. How appropriate and timely for us! Walk 15 Minutes a day and reap the benefits.
- Debra Ford. “Walking Just 15 Minutes a Day Can Have Profound Beneficial Health Benefits:” http://www.examiner.com/article/walking-just-15-minutes-a-day-can-have-profound-beneficial-health-benefits
- Dr. Andrea Pennington. “What Are the Health Benefits of Walking 15 Minutes a Day?” http://www.sharecare.com/question/what-health-benefits-walking-15-day
- Mayo Clinic Staff. “Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health:” http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/walking/HQ01612
- Nicole Nichols.”Reasons to Walk Yourself Fit:” http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1199
- Online Stopwatch.com. “Stopwatch – Countdown Timer:” http://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-timer/
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Hear Flip’s Song. Flip Flap Floodle, the happy little duck who Never Gives Up, even inside Mr. Fox’s belly
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