After having my last born, I developed a mild but uncomfortable pain in my left thigh. I decided to see my Doctor and she asked if I do any exercise? I responded no, ( I was almost saying, look at me, do I really need one)? She advised I need to start looking at doing one.
She suggested walking, running, skipping among many others.
I chose walking because I felt it is easy. When I started walking, I began seeing many people, both young and old. Some cycling, some walking and some running. On one occasion, an elderly woman I see walking everyday along my route walked up to me and said “You will not understand what you are doing until you are in your old age”. I asked why she said that and she told me she has been walking for the past 3 decades, she is 76 years, healthy and full of life. She explained further how much she enjoys her health, all thanks to walking everyday.
When I got home, I researched about walking exercise online and what I found was amazing news so I became determined to make it a way of life. The elderly woman’s testimony I found to be true because I read about people who are much older than her still walking everyday and in perfect health.
Walking exercise is the easiest and “one of the cheapest” form of exercise for keeping fit, staying healthy and improving mood.
Meghan Rabbit gave an account of Melanie Jampolis, “Author of the doctor on demand diet”, research. Jampolis research shows that walking exercise actually modifies your nervous system so much that you will experience a decrease in anger and hostility. I found this to be true. It appears to me that as I walk to exercise, I release all the stress in me.
Jampolis also found something that interest me “she said when you make your walk social i.e. when you stride with your spouse, friend or neighbour, the interaction that makes you connect improves individual mood. This also I can attest to as I now a walking buddy. We discuss other things and I can’t be more happier.
Now let’s look at some benefits walking has to offer:
- Maintain Healthy Weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease and high blood pressure
- Strengthens your bones and muscles
- Improve your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
- Trim waistline
- It becomes part of you
- Great Benefit at old age (Improve quality of life)
I believe walking is one of the cheapest means of exercising because all you need is a good bottoms, nice walking trainers, a sport top and a good walking route. So if you are looking for an exercise to start, try walking.
Because of the benefits I have enjoyed from walking, I said I would not enjoy it alone and organized a walk out event with a group of lovely women. We did not only walk but our fitness instructor took us through two sessions of various cardio- vascular exercise and stretching. One of us ended the “walk it out” event with an inspiring prayer and we were reminded that God does not only expect us to make our bodies His temple by ensuring that we nourish it spiritually but by taking care of His temple physically. This is one of the ways you can do this. It was amazing and here are two testimonials from two of the participants:
“Hannah, you are such an inspiration indeed. There were so many things that you helped deposit into my life this morning”:
- proved to myself that I am mentally prepared to get out of bed to exercise
- Helped me rediscover my love of gym and exercise
- Validated my baby steps that I have already started by walking home after work
- Allowed me to fellowship with those wonderful sisters.
- Pushed me to set new goals about a physical fitness plan. – Shevon Lord
Very inspiring, rejuvenating and motivational session today! – Abiola Olanipekun
Quotes to inspire you:
An early-morning walk is the blessing for the whole day – Henry D. Thoreau
Take a quiet walk, it will nurture your body, mind and soul – Anthony D. Williams
If you are seeking creative ideas, go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk – Raymond Inmond
Somewhere out there, Inspiration with Hannah