Updated: Jul 4
I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but in my area, no one wants to be cooped up at home! The park near my house is constantly flooded with people playing soccer, tennis, volleyball… you name it, they’re playing it.
I needed to get out of the house so I took Dixie (my dog) for a long walk and then walked some more with a friend. Coming home exhausted and hungry made me realize just how underrated walking is. According to my phone, I walked 9,569 steps, which is mind-blowing considering I’ve been staring at screens most of the day! According to Google, adults take between 4,000 to 18,000 steps per day, so it’s perfectly reasonable for adults to aim at 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy.
This revelation made me think of something my English teacher once said: we live our lives jumping from box to box. We get in a box to drive to a bigger box, where we stare at little boxes to keep us entertained. When you think about it too much, it’s repulsive! If you’re anything like me, you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors because of bugs, weather, etc.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to change that.
If you’re healthy as of this moment, I recommend going for a walk. My grandma loved to walk-- she and her friend would walk for hours at a time, strolling at their own pace, taking little breaks as needed. I used to associate walking as something older people did… Now I completely understand the hype.
A lot of people choose to walk with earbuds in. I love a good earbud walk, but it can be refreshing to let your mind wander as you appreciate nature. Focus your thoughts on what you’re grateful for as you walk, noticing little details along your way.
I’m so lucky to live in an area with a beautiful park nearby. Even if you live in a city, or aren’t surrounded by nature, open your window and breathe some fresh air. Go for a walk, even if it’s in your house or apartment. It’s possible to stay active and healthy, even if you feel stuck at home!
So go for a walk, and above all, stay kind to each other. It makes me so happy to see neighbors greeting neighbors as they walk with their kids, catching up with each other…take this time to support one another. While practicing social distancing of course!
Long story short: WALK!
Best of luck,
P.S. If you need more incentive: it's spring!