Walking Your Way to Wellness.
I no longer set resolutions. Instead, I prefer using intentions and power words which works for me and my life. 2020 is all about positivity for me – positive actions, positive thoughts, positive people, and positive places. I knew one of my positive intentions would be to move more in this new decade (and hopefully shift some of that extra midlife weight!).
Just before the New Year I spotted a post on a friends news feed where she was announcing to the world she had signed up for a walking challenge, intrigued I clicked the link. What I found was an opportunity to action my intention in the perfect way.
Within minutes I’d signed up for #walk1000miles, a challenge run by the Country Walking Magazine whereby you walk 1000 miles over a year.
I’m writing this post five days into my challenge, and I’m amazed at how much better I feel already. We all understand the benefits of walking, and if you need a reminder then here you go:
- Improves your mood.
- Extends your life.
- Boosts your energy.
- Tones your muscles.
- Lowers blood sugar levels.
- Strengthens the heart.
- Burns calories.
- Allows for creative thinking.
One of the more surprising side effects for me has been the ability to see my local area in a new light. Walking through our local park has always been a cut through to get to town, but since I’ve started to walk consciously, I’ve noticed the beauty around me. My writer’s brain is also on high alert as I inhale fresh air and move my tired and sore limbs – the book ideas, scenes, and dialogue have been bubbling up at a great pace!
In five days I can confirm the loss of 2lb – no alternations to my diet have been made yet – and I do believe I’ve started hitching my jeans up where they’ve started to slide down!
To complete the #walk1000miles challenge, you need to walk 2.73 miles a day for a year by fitting in an early morning walk before work, a lunchtime walk, or a stroll around your local area after dinner. Even better if you have a dog that needs walking!
Here’s what the walk1000 website says:
‘Did you know it takes less than an hour a day’s walking to hit 1000 miles in 12 months? That doing so dramatically cuts your risk of diabetes, heart attack, obesity, stroke, and depression? Try the fun, free, and flexible challenge 99.9% of participants recommend to a friend: it’s just 2.73 miles a day. You don’t need to change your life; you do need to stick at it; you WILL feel an amazing difference.’
Here are some of the areas that walking your way to wellness can help with:
- Health – mental and physical.
- Weight loss – walk off the weight and tone up.
- Adventure – explore new places.
- Family – get everyone involved.
- Nature – notice your surroundings.
- Happiness – you can’t help but feel good!
- Groups – join other walkers or start your own group.
- Charity – walk 1000 miles to raise money for a cause.
- Fun – say no more!
If you’re interested in learning more about this challenge, then visit the walk 1000 website HERE. In the February edition of Country Walking Magazine there’s a progress chart and small booklet with more information and walks around the UK you can follow so go out and grab yourself a copy.
I’m recording my progress on a chart pinned to my fridge so I can see it every day. The thought of all the places I can explore this year is driving me to Google various walks in my area, as well as beaches I can visit at weekends. For the first time in a long while I feel motivated, inspired, and full of energy!
Want to feel better mentally and physically in 2020? Why not walk your way to wellness and join me on this challenge.
I’ll update you on my progress throughout the year – nothing like staying accountable when you’ve set yourself a challenge!
Good luck fellow 1000-milers!