What does staying active mean to you?
For me, it means getting out and moving every day. With four kids it's hard not to stay active. In truth, exercise has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. In midlife, it's even more important to stay healthy and fit. Although, I'd be lying if I said it was easy. Until last year, my usual routine was to hit the gym in the mornings before starting my day, but the pandemic obviously changed all that. With gyms closed for months, I was forced to find other exercise options. So, I started walking. Not that I didn’t get out and walk before, but now I walk anywhere from three to four miles every day rain or shine.
At first, I felt that walking wasn’t really enough exercise when you consider the cardio workout you get from running or using the elliptical, but according to the Mayo Clinic, walking has a lot of benefits. It's good for your heart, your bones and your coordination.
A brisk walk clears my mind in addition to elevating my heart rate, and makes me feel like I've accomplished something for the day.
I also found that having a planned route and changing it up has benefits too. I usually use my phone to find new loops and it gives me an idea of the distance. My Fitbit tracks my steps and my dog Ella, keeps me on task.
Getting fresh air daily does wonders. Especially during the last year. It's given me a new perspective and a fresh approach to my work and responsibilities. If you don’t currently take time to walk, you should. It’s an easy way to get some exercise while improving your mental health. You’d be amazed at what a little outdoor time can do to lift your spirits. I don’t know about you, but the pandemic had me going a little stir crazy and the only outlet I found was to get outside. If there is one positive thing to take away from the pandemic, it’s that it made me realize the importance of taking time to get out, walk and breathe in the fresh air. There is nothing like it.
If you walk outside, tell us your routine.
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