Get Moving: It's Time


Springtime is here. No more ice, snow or frigid temperatures … or there better not be! Spring is a great time to start fresh with anything, including exercise. Walking is a great entrée to many other forms of exercise, or just on its own.

Walking, preferably outside if it is safe, allows you to:

  • burn calories
  • relax your mind
  • release endorphins (which can make you feel happier)
  • strengthen your heart
  • reduce your risk of many diseases
  • reduce stress
  • breathe in fresh air
  • enjoy many other unexpected health benefits

It is always advisable to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Once you are cleared, start slowly but challenge yourself a bit each day. It is also important to have good walking shoes that offer both support and comfort. These will last you at least a couple of years and they are the only “equipment” you need for this activity.

Here’s another suggestion: Start a journal about your new walking routine. Write down how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally before your walk, then do the same after you return. You may be pleasantly surprised how much a walk can do for you.

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