Walking just 21 minutes a day can cut your risk of heart disease by 30 percent.*
That is great news. We all have 21 minutes to spare in the span of a 24 hour day or 1440 minute day. This gives you 68 chances each day, by probability, to take your walk.
Getting up and out for your walk is something people did on a regular basis years ago; that is what kept them regular, if you understand my thought process. Before the influx of technology and social media, it was routine for people to go for a walk after every meal. See that? Even if you only eat twice a day, that gives you two walks per day. Three meals and you have all your steps in for the day.
Please keep in mind, that a post meal walk would last ten minutes. Yes, people actually walked after every meal; because, they knew it kept their metabolism working smoothly. Even the days of travel by horse, it was suggested to walk whenever possible instead of riding.
Hmmm, maybe that is why I prefer walking the horse to riding the horse. My subconscious health and wellness coaching mind is continuously at work. I see the love in the horses’ eyes, knowing that we are all happy with each others’ company, rein and saddle free.
Now, if only I could ship all this extra rain to drought areas.
Interval walkers lost six times more weight than walkers who maintained a steady pace, according to a Danish study.
Therefore, enjoy an interruption or two; because, that will automatically incorporate interval walking. This is the fact I keep in mind while stopping or slowing down to watch the fawns, smell the roses, let the dogs do their duty, catch up with a friendly neighbor or…uh oh… run from the bees, oh boy!
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training which is a popular interval workout and safe when done properly.
Please be safe and careful when you are using your devices. Always be aware of your surroundings by keeping both eyes open and at least one ear on. That means you should only use one ear piece so you can hear what is going on around you. Thank you. I feel better knowing that you are safe.
You do not need to measure the exact amount of your activity; although, it does help to keep you motivated. With that in mind, do not worry about going overboard with the feeling that you must have the exact measure of a mile or your steps.
We all have our own stride length for many reasons; so, please, use this tip as a ball park figure for comparison in your log. Remember, it is approximately 2000 steps in a mile, not exactly 2000 steps.
Now, if you want to get more exercise while doing those steps, go out into the mud as I did. Boy, that wet clay sure does get heavy and bog me down. The photo shows the mud dry and shaken off from yesterday when I had to divert puddles of water away from our building. No worries, I left enough room and water for the little tree frogs and tadpoles to mature. I have all kinds of company everywhere I go, yay.