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. I know I do because I work a desk job, like millions of Americans. It 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 each day.
- A great place to start is to find a walking route you enjoy. It helps to make it as easy as possible. The ladies and I at work found a great route to walk that is roughly a ½ mile and includes a large hill for some cardio. It’s not a long walk but it gets us moving and out the door for a few minutes each day.
- 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. We’re having this issue with our work walk, the hill is getting easier and easier and the route faster. We might add a block for good measure!
- 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. When I walk my favorite route near my home, I love turning on my favorite music and just tuning out. I come up with some of my best ideas when I take a walk with my favorite tunes!
- 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. This could not be truer. There are days I do not want to walk but having co-workers hold me accountable gets me off my butt!