Monday, March 25, 2013

Walking Will Set You Free

People often tell me they either can't find the time to exercise, aren't capable of doing it or don't know where to start.

My advice: walk.

That's right. Walking is the perfect exercise. Why, you ask? Because almost anyone can do it. It's free. You can do it almost anywhere. And best of all: you can work at your own pace.

There's also a hidden dimension to walking that most people don't realize.  It is liberating.  Especially when you're really heavy like I was for so long and it's all you can do. You are making a statement and taking a stand.  You are moving your body.  You're not taking it anymore.  You are fighting back.

It is no secret that countries and societies where walking is a major mode of transportation have fewer overweight people and lower rates of heart disease, etc.

And yet, people put walking down.  The results don't come fast enough.  It's not hardcore enough.  But these people are wrong.

The secret to a walking regimen is persistence. Once your doctor clears you for walking, you start where you are.  If you can only walk 5 minutes before your feet start hurting or your back gives out, then start there.  5 minutes a day, 3 times a week.

Then, gradually, after a few weeks, increase it to 10 minutes. And so on. That is what I did. I started at 5 minutes a day and I now walk 3 miles a day.  When it comes to staying in shape and keeping the weight off, more than anything, walking is the secret to my success.  There is also an emotional, spiritual well-being side to walking. It's like you are in a march to free yourself from an unhealthy lifestyle.  Again, you are taking a stand. 

Don't think you have to have an expensive gym membership to "work out" and "do cardio" just to get started losing weight and staying in shape.

You don't. Walk.  You heard it here first.