If there is something I would recommend to everyone who reads my blog, it would be to start walking one hour a day.
You experience so many benefits when you walk an hour daily.
To begin with, it’s amazing exercise because it is low impact and doesn’t cause any joint discomfort.
Other exercises such as jogging or running put a lot of pressure on your joints, and could cause serious injuries in the long run (no pun intended).
Walking one hour a day is very therapeutic.
When you walk, you take in a lot of oxygen and boost you blood circulation which helps you feel more alert and energetic.
You also release endorphin’s into the blood stream which help reduce stress and anxiety.
In a society where you have so much going on, it’s vital that you spend one hour a day doing something that helps with stress and anxiety.
Walking one hour a day helped me on so many levels.
To begin with, I began seeing more definition in my body.
Walking one hour a day tones your body all over.
The most muscle definition occurs in your legs, arms, stomach, and bum.
I get up an hour earlier every morning to walk.
Since I walk on an empty stomach, I get the added benefit of burning stored fat.
I also get smarter by learning as I walk because I listen to an audio book.
The combination of walking, taking in a lot of oxygen, relieving stress/anxiety, and listening to audio book has really begun to change my life.
I now begin every morning in a very productive way.
I use to have to drag myself out of bed after hitting the snooze button 2 or 3 times.
Now, I get up and rush straight out the door to begin my daily walk.
I wish I could describe how great it feels to get up when everyone else is sleeping and go for an hour walk.
It is so quiet and peaceful outside, you truly get an amazing feeling all around that goes on to affect the rest of your day in a positive way.
How to Start Walking One Hour a Day
My advice to you is to walk one hour a day in the morning opposed to any other time of the day.
Walking one hour in the morning really gets your day started out in the right direction.
If you absolutely can’t walk in the mornings, then do it at any other time of the day that you have available.
However, I would suggest that you begin going to bed earlier so that you can also get up earlier and get the benefits of walking first thing in the morning.
Since this is going to be a new habit, it might be a little difficult at the beginning.
You’re going to have to push past the inertia you experience and just do it.
Begin with waking up just 15 minutes earlier and going for a short walk.
Then add 10 minutes to your walk every week.
I know how hard it is to get up earlier in the morning, so don’t set yourself up for failure.
Start small and then advance in time gradually.
You’ll be walking an hour earlier sooner than you think, and I promise that once you develop the habit of walking an hour first thing in the morning, you will have no regrets.
You will never go back to sleeping in!
You will begin to feel addicted to your morning walk because you will realize just how much better your day starts out.
You also will begin to sleep better as the effects of walking an hour a day play a huge role in the quality of your sleep.
What Should You Listen to When You Walk
This is a matter of personal choice, but I would recommend that you listen to audio books as well.
Any topic that you’re interested in is fine, as long as it’s content that’s positive.
Don’t listen to stories or novels which include violence, sadness, or grief.
Listen to content that will make you smarter and happier.
I personally prefer to listen to self-help books or educational material.
However, you may also listen to peaceful or uplifting music.
Choosing not to listen to anything at all and just enjoying the peace and quiet of the mornings is also OK.
Try walking while listening to audio-book though.
At least experiment with it, and I believe you will ultimately choose this option as best.
You want this one hour to be as productive and positive as possible.
You want to get your blood flowing, take in a lot of oxygen, and feed positive and educational material to your brain.
This one hour is going to make you stronger physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
Start tomorrow morning!