Here in Houston, the temperatures have become ideal for outdoor walking (that is, when it’s not raining). You can enjoy the many health benefits of fresh air, sunshine, and walking, all while reflecting on God’s creation.
If you’re already a walker, great! Keep it up!
If you need some motivation to start walking (farther than from the couch to the refrigerator), read this article published by Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that walking is “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”
Whether you need to reduce sweet cravings, lose a few pounds before the holidays, improve joint health, boost your immune system, or just clear your head, walking is one of our best health tools!
1. Read “5 Surprising Benefits of Walking”. Determine your “why” for walking.
2. Choose a time and place to walk: around your neighborhood, at the gym, in a park, etc. For some, it may be the simple act of walking to their mailbox and back, then to the next door neighbor’s mailbox, etc. Walking can be a great time for socializing with a friend, spouse, child, or a special time of literally walking with God.
3. Decide how many days a week you will walk, and set a reminder: put it on your calendar, appointment book, smartphone app, or wherever you keep your reminders. If you have an Alexa Echo Dot, you can program it to remind you to walk. Start with a realistic, manageable goal, slowly increasing as you develop the habit.
4. Decide how long or far you will walk: minutes, miles, steps, destination, etc. It’s better to start with a mini goal and build on it. Feeling successful will motivate you to continue. If you want to keep track of distance, you can download one of many apps available for smartphones, or just use a simple pedometer like this one on Amazon.
5. Have faith in the present and long-term health benefits of walking. “For we walk by faith, not be sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7.
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Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.