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:
- If I’m walking, I’m not sitting.
- It can improve my mood.
- It can strengthen my bones.
- It can prevent or improve heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
- It improves circulation.
- It can lead to a longer life.
- It can help me lose weight.
- It can improve sleep.
- It can improve my joints.
- It can improve my breath.
- It slows mental decline.
- It can help me be more creative.
- It can improve my metabolism and prevent muscle loss.
- It will tone my legs.
- It improves digestion.
- A regular walking routine can help me reach other goals.
- 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?