Article By Judy Juricek
I am fortunate to work in a building that is close to a wonderful hike and bike trail. Most every day, I put on my workout clothes and shoes and hit the trail. I have experienced many benefits of walking but here are just a few.
Burning calories – according to the walking calculator on Prevention.com, walking three miles per hour for 45 minutes burns 154 calories. That may not sound like much but I also do at least 50 push-ups and 100 sit-ups so the calories are being used and not stored. I usually try to walk before I eat lunch so that is fueling my metabolism and I always joke that I’m burning off at least part of my lunch before I eat it.
Thinking and meditating – I leave my desk and computer and have some time to think. One of the most uplifting facets of walking during lunch is the ability to get outside, away from my cubicle, to simply think about the rest of the day or to make plans for my life outside of work. I also spend time not thinking and just simply enjoying the scenery (the hike and bike trail is on the shores of a lovely lake).
Enjoy a free way of losing and maintaining weight loss – Other than the cost of a good pair of shoes, walking is free. Besides, I don’t have wait in line to use a machine or a lane in the pool or pay monthly fees for services I may not use.
Watching the progress of others – Many people from my office also take advantage of walking during their lunch periods as well. I enjoy watching them meet, and often exceed, their fitness goals.
I realize that I am very fortunate to have the benefit of my office’s location and that not everyone has the ability to go outside and walk during lunch (some folks can’t get out and walk at all). Take the time to look around for the opportunities around you that exist for walking. Perhaps you can walk around your neighborhood (preferably with dogs and kids if you have them), walk in the mall or even walk in place. I think that once you begin a program, you will see the same, if not more benefits of walking to your mental and physical health.
Judy Juricek is the President of Attract Your Ideal Retirement, Inc. and her passion is helping women in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s to plan for, attract, and live their ideal lives in retirement. Judy believes that everyone can replicate the success that they had in their careers by crafting their ideal lives in retirement.
Judy maintains a blog – http://www.attractyouridealretirementblog.com where she discusses different strategies for life in retirement including planning, transitioning, improving your health, budgeting and many other topics. At the blog, you can sign up for the “Attract Your Ideal Retirement Workbook” which is a tool to help you craft your ideal life in retirement.