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Why my #1 recommended workout might be PERFECT for you..

I truly believe in moving your body every single day.

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Whether it is for 15 minutes or 90 minutes, the benefits to your mental & physical health are plenty and should not be ignored.


When I am on consultation calls with potential new clients I always want to know what their daily life looks like, including exercise and movement.


If they are starting over or starting a workout routine for the first time, walking is hands down my #1 recommendation and I am going to tell you why.



Why Is Walking My #1 Recommended Workout?


For starters, walking has a low risk of injury or burnout.


Often, when you first commit to a health goal you are all hyped up on the energy that comes with your new goal and you will want to go all in.


Unfortunately, too much too soon and you can end up injured or burnt out and back to square one with your desire to change your life.


Besides, injuries suck.


Take it from a runner. Having to pause while healing is not any fun.


When I was training for my first full marathon back in 2013 I got injured just a few weeks into training (not from overuse but from the wrong shoes - I’ll save that story for another day).


I had to stop running for a full 6 weeks while I went to PT a few days a week. For a while, I could not even go for a walk.


It was frustrating, to say the least!


With walking, it is low impact unless you are dodging traffic (Frogger anyone?), and carries a low risk for repetitive motion injuries.


Also, many people can simply walk out their front door or the front door of their office and get some walking minutes in.


I respect that this is not the case for everyone and if it is not safe to do so where you live, I am all for sticking with what’s safe and what works.


Which may mean getting your car or on public transportation to a local park to walk around. You don’t have to go to the forest to walk.


You can even walk around your grocery store a little longer than usual while pushing a heavy shopping cart.








How To Start Walking


Walking does not require a bunch of specialized gear.


I do recommend you get a good pair of walking shoes and athletic wear that feel comfortable and are built to do what you want to do - walk.


If they look good, that's a bonus but honestly, good-lookin’ shoes often motivate me to get out the door.


If your workout gear needs refreshing head here for some of my favorites >> Zyia Active


Now, here comes the best news about my #1 recommended workout.


You do NOT have to train for or learn how to walk.


There is no need to wait for that class to sign up for or hire a trainer. No need to even join a group which works perfectly for those of us who want to avoid people at all costs.


You just need, a plan, water, and your shoes and you are good to go!


Take Small Steps


Of course, as with any new healthy habit, I highly recommend taking small steps (not literally of course).


If you have not been working out at all or for long, try going out your front door for 5 minutes and promise yourself that you WILL turn around and head back for a total of 10 minutes.


After that, rinse and repeat!


You will know when you are feeling ready for more and then you can bump it up to 15 minutes total and so on.



Benefits Of Walking


I also love walking for the different opportunities it provides.


You can walk with friends and family for a healthy way to connect.


You can join a local walking group to meet new people.


You can sign up to walk a 5K or longer (fair warning, these events are addicting!) to show yourself how far you have come.


You can explore places in your neighborhood or places you travel to and see them from a different point of view.


You get to breathe fresh air and disconnect from technology for a little bit.


You can even start a running practice if you so wish once you have walking down. Just remember to take small steps.


If you decide to start a walking routine tell me all about it in the comments, I’d love to cheer you on!


Until we connect again, I wish you peace + wellness.


XO


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