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Walking Challenge December 2011

Walking Challenge December 2011

Sep 11, 2011

December is here and so are the holidays!  Thanksgiving was filled with a wonderful bounty.  The goodies and holiday food will continue.  What can we do?  We can continue to walk.  We are determined to keep walking 2 miles at least 4 times a week.  Who is ready to join us?  Let us know in the reply box below and we can be accountable to each other.  We made a pact that the only way we can forgo walking in the morning is:  if there is ice on the sidewalk or a blizzard (and of course being from the South, my definition of a blizzard is light snow).  Bruce, although from Connecticut, is in full agreement with this definition.

Studies show that a fast paced cardio walk results in better sleep, reduction of stress, more energy, less depression, strengthening of bones and back muscles, calorie burn and enjoyment of the nature around you?  If this sounds good and how could it not, join our Fall 2011 Walking Challenge!  Maybe this transition into empty nesting has been a difficult one.  It’s a known fact that getting out and walking will improve your mood and outlook.

Did you know that when you walk one mile, you walk approximately 2000 steps?  If you have been sedentary, you only average about 1000 – 3000 steps per day.  The Zoomer Report stated that psychologist are suggesting that the hippocampus (a part of the brain important to the formation of memory) can be modestly expanded and memory improved by nothing more than regular walking.

Take the challenge and let’s get out and walk!  Walk with your spouse or your dog, walk with a friend or put on your headphones and walk with your music.  Get out in your car and measure out the number of miles you want to walk or wear a pedometer.  My husband and I walk approximately 10,000 steps each week just on our morning walks, plus, all the other running around that we do in our daily life.  I have to say that some mornings while we’re cozy in bed, the thought of getting up and walking is the last thing we want to do.  Once we’re up and down the street, we’re so glad that we did; plus, our energy level on those days is so much higher!  Check in with us in the box below and let us know how you are doing and number of steps you have accumulated.  You might just encourage someone.  Walk on!

 

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