I read an article recently that said people who walk even 1/2 a mile a day are healthier, fitter and happier. The article went on to conclude even small amounts of activity really made a difference in overall long-term health. (I wish I could find the article – I’d share a link but alas – I can’t!)
At any rate – the day I read that article I had an errand to run about half a mile from my house so I figured I’d walk. And then the next day – I was asked to distribute some posters in my neighborhood – so again I thought I’d walk. And sure enough one of the stores wasn’t open … so day three I set out again. Least you think I’m logging a great many miles – these walks averaged slightly over a mile or so. On day four – the sun was shining, the weather was perfect and I thought “what a perfect day for my little walk” so I set out for 20 minutes with no real reason other than enjoyment. It’s important to note- I’m not a walker. I’m a runner. I’m competitive – and let’s be honest a bit too competitive at times! None of my walks were at a competitive pace or about hitting a certain distance or time.
Around this same time, a friend asked me if I’d do the Mayor’s Walk with her and another friend. While normally I’d be looking for something I could win – I thought this would be a fun afternoon event with friends. So I signed up… I suppose without really trying to – I’ve been ‘training’.
What I have discovered over the past week and half of my mini walks:
– Taking as little as 10 minutes to get outside, walk, feel the sun, and move does uplift me!
– I have more energy for my ‘sedentary’ work when I come back from my mini walk
– My head feels clearer
– I’m happier and lighter
– and it’s not about exercise or burning calories (maybe that’s why I enjoy it – whatever I do is enough)
I have to say, I think the article is right. Next time you need a break, to clear your head or an uplift – take a mini-walk. Even 1/2 a mile will do you good! I did the math too… if you walked just 1/2 a mile 5 days a week (so we are talking less than 10 minutes people!) – by the end of a year you would be down almost 4 pounds! Little efforts to really add up!! I’m already looking forward to this afternoon’s mini-walk break … hope to see you out there too.