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When I was 15, I walked everywhere. I would walk the half-mile to my boyfriend’s house. I would walk a mile to my best friend’s house. I walked a mile-and-a-half to the mall. Sometimes I would even walk the 2 miles home from school.

And I was a size 6.

Then I got a car. And I pretty much stopped walking. Instead, I joined a gym for $25 a month so I could walk on the treadmill.

As an aside, I often chuckle to myself when I see people waiting in parking lots with their blinker on, determined to get the space 5 yards closer to the store than if they just took the nearest available space. I figure those are the same people who are paying $25 a month for a gym membership so they can walk on the treadmill.

Anyway, I am determined to start walking again. I have recently discovered the enjoyment of listening to podcasts, and I got a spiffy new pair of Bluetooth earbuds for Christmas, so I’m all set. Now all I have to do is get out there and do it.

Here’s 17 reasons why I should walk:

  1. If I’m walking, I’m not¬†sitting.
  2. It can improve my mood.
  3. It can strengthen my bones.
  4. It can prevent or improve heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
  5. It improves circulation.
  6. It can lead to a longer life.
  7. It can help me lose weight.
  8. It can improve sleep.
  9. It can improve my joints.
  10. It can improve my breath.
  11. It slows mental decline.
  12. It can help me be more creative.
  13. It can improve my metabolism and prevent muscle loss.
  14. It will tone my legs.
  15. It improves digestion.
  16. A regular walking routine can help me reach other goals.
  17. It’s a good way to get sun exposure.

Reason enough? Okay. Let’s get out there and take a walk! Who’s with me?

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