March 23, 2007
Walk the Walk
A daily walk is a wonderful way to maintain a healthy weight. Dozens of research studies show 30- to 45-minute walks per day can help lower stress levels, improve mood, boost immune system and reduce the risk of disease.
And now, you have an extra hour of afterwork daylight to get those miles in.
Here are three easy ways to make every walk do "double duty" for your busy life:
Walk and talk. Walking and talking with a friend is good for your body, heart and soul. Walking and talking with kids or grandchildren is an active way to spend quality time together. It can also be a time to discuss serious issues like school or grades, in a less threatening atmosphere.
Walk and listen. Music lightens every step, and seems to make time go faster. Pick your favorite tunes, pick up the pace and sing along. Walking and listening to books on tape is another fun way to add extra value to a daily walk. Language tapes, CDs or podcasts also make ideal walking companions.
Walk and shop. Using your legs for transportation is a simple way to accomplish two things at the same time. Put on a backpack for your purchases and walk to the grocery store, walk to the post office or the mall. If you live too far to walk all the way from home, drive to a central location and walk from there.
Posted by Lisa at March 23, 2007 7:04 AM
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