Walking for an Active Lifestyle

Simple walking can improve our overall health. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the number one killer in America. Research shows that walking as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce our risk by 40 percent. Sounds like a good reason to start taking some extra steps to me. MindBodyGreen posts a fun article on why you should walk as well as how to get the most out of your walk.

Many have heard that Americans are some of the most lazy in the world and we are known for our fast food and lack of get up and go. Unfortunately that sedentary lifestyle attributes to 300,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. GASP! So what can take us from the lack of motivation to enjoying some more sunshine and taking a walk? Simply doing it! Behavior is first changed in your mind then with action there after. Make a choice daily to get up and take that walk and see how you feel each day. An article habit creation charts anywhere from 18-254 days to from a new habit.

On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic. Looking at that my plan of snapping my fingers and having my daily workout become something I enjoy and do automatically hasn’t happened yet. It looks like I’m on the later end of the habit forming average. With this knowledge will you start walking for thirty minutes a day and take note of how long it takes you to form the habit? Read James Clears post on habits HERE

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