Just because walking is something you do throughout the day everyday, don’t underestimate the benefits of what a little walking can do. Whether you’re rushing to pick up the kids on time, hurrying between meetings at work, or strutting your stuff in your favorite shopping mall, a brisk walk can give you that extra boost of energy you need to take on the rest of your day with a positive attitude and a sharp mind.
According to the American Heart Association, walking for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancer. Walking can also improve your blood pressure and help you maintain a healthy body weight.
Walking even provides more benefits outside of your personal health. In today’s environmentally conscious world, more and more people are choosing to decrease their carbon footprint by leaving their car in the driveway and walking to get where they need to go. You can power walk around your neighborhood, take the scenic route in your local park, hop on the treadmill for a quick workout, or call your girls and start a walking club!
Next month, Dress for Success is walking to empower success-driven women to become healthy in all aspects of their lives, and we’re inviting you to walk with us! The Power Walk for Dress for Success is the nation’s only 5k walk dedicated to celebrating women on their way to economic independence and, this year, it’s happening in more than 35 cities in six countries around the world. Haven’t signed up yet? No worries! Just visit the Power Walk website and register today!
The Power Walk is a great opportunity to start walking, but how do we motivate ourselves to keep going when there’s not a cheering crowd waiting for us at the finish line? We have to remind ourselves why we got going in the first place!
1. Walking is free. You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get exercise. You can walk just about anywhere, anytime, and get a great work out in without spending a dime.
2. Walking is easy. Anyone can walk! Choose the rhythm and pace that’s right for you. Walking is the perfect exercise for those of us who may not consider ourselves the athletic type.
3. Walking is a great stress reliever. Taking a walk by yourself is a great time to take some deep breaths, think out loud, and clear your head.
Choose to walk because when we make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, we make a commitment to create a better self.