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You Should Go for a Walk… Now!

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The task of losing weight has often depressed me. I’ve fought the battle, over and over again, almost always after hitting what I felt was rock bottom. I remember staring at the filled pages of my diary, splashed with dry tears, while I snacked on a box of Wheat Thins, Teddy Grahams, and Animal Crackers. I’d babbled on for pages about how ugly I felt. How gross I felt. How mad I was for letting myself go.

The thought of needing to lose weight stressed me out.

The unhappiness was softened by rushes of endorphins flying through my body released off the simple carbs I was feeding my mushy soul. I never realized that instead of chewing on simple sugars and babbling my sorrows onto the pages of my journal that what I should have been doing was going through my cupboards and throwing away every snack that threatened my ultimate happiness. I should have realized everything happens one step at a time instead of feeling the task was too daunting.

Keep It Simple

The first step was simple, feed myself with satiating foods. It started with what I put in my body. The second step, became easier the more often I did it. Exercise. The third step was feeling incredible.

It seems too simple, and yet it was a difficult habit to form. Once I formed those healthy habits, my body transformed, my acne vastly improved, my mood lifted, and my life changed. To this very day I have found that healthy eating, healthy living, and feeling incredible are what I live by. All it takes is refusing to place junk food items in my shopping cart, and making sure my weekly agenda book has exercise written as multiple appointments I cannot miss.

Courtesy of Wellspan.org

Science

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has come out with an exercise pyramid as a guideline for good health. I have this pyramid printed out and pinned on my refrigerator as a helpful motivator. At the base of the pyramid you’ll find everyday activities, such as: walking the dog, doing work around the house, walking instead of driving, and parking your car further away. As you move up the pyramid, you’ll find cardio activities, recreational activities, strength activities, and flexibility activities. At the very top of the pyramid it suggests cutting down on television and sitting computer time. So why all the fuss? Exercise brings good health, makes you happy, and has the nice side effect of weight loss.

Benefits

What is happening when you exercise? You are helping reduce toxic waste buildup within your body and have found a healthy alternative to ridding your mind of stress. Toxins build up in our bodies from undigested foods, chemicals, pesticides, drugs, alcohol, food additives, exhaust fumes, smoke, you name it! It would be impossible to avoid the accumulation of such toxins without the help of exercise. When you start breathing hard from body movement, you are filling your lungs with fresh air.

Your blood starts pumping as it circulates blood throughout your body, helping to move toxins to your lymph nodes for cleansing. In Chinese medicine, you will hear the word, “chi” used often. Chi is the energy that flows through your body. When you exercise, you help move chi energy as it speeds you along the road to recovery from ailments you may or may not even be aware of.

Endorphins

Stress relief is another happy side effect of exercise. It seems barbaric, doesn’t it? Exercise is usually painful, tiring, exhausting, and yet it creates great relief from anxiety and the pressures of life. When you exercise, endorphins are released. These endorphins produce a feeling of wellbeing long after the workout has subsided. Pretty nice, right? I like to think that if you are focusing on the pain during a workout then you are meditating because, odds are, you aren’t thinking about anything else. So, even when that seems to be the only thing on your mind, keep your eye on the timer and meet your goal. I find time in my schedule for heart wrenching, heavy sweating, 45-minute cardio sessions three to five times a week. I couldn’t possibly explain enough how good I feel at the end of sweat-laden workouts. It is what keeps me motivated for my next workout.

Trails are one way to motivate you for an enjoyable adventure that exercises the body and mind. A good way to prepare the mind on a journey to good health could begin with a thrilling hike. As you twist and turn around the mountainous paths you can meditate on the new person you are becoming. Dedicating a life to exercise will soon become a choice you will never forget, never regret, and always thank yourself for.

Success is Possible

From this moment forward, prioritize your schedule with cardiovascular activities at its center. Choose a life of health and happiness. The motivation you need to get you started will be found in that first breath of fresh air waiting outside your door. Let your senses escape into the spongy earth, as the scent of fallen leaves tickles your nostrils and the sight of wooded hills or rocky wilderness satisfy your mind. Seeking the sweet chirp of the melodic animals who surround the environment about you, let the intensity of mother nature unfold within you. Move with the wind, sweat like the rain. Leave this article, and go for a walk… now!

16 COMMENTS

  1. This article has definitely inspired me to change my life! Very very influential article. So happy I landed upon this article! Time to take the right steps in making me happy with myself again!

  2. This is a great read for any fitness buff or anyone wanting to begin their journey to a healthier life! Very motivating and a fun read!

  3. What a vivid touching read …. Thanks for sharing a piece of your life and for the much needed encouragement on this matter . Alaskans need more info and inspiration to help battle the sedentary lifestyle that Alaska’s harsh winter encourages !

    ~Forest

  4. This is a great read! Hopefully she’ll discuss nutrition and supplements in more detail in another article!

  5. This article is extremely inspiring and makes me believe I will get back on track. Now like she says let me get to it NOW!!!

  6. So enjoyed Kristy Marie’s thoughts on what we all know is best for us.Hope to enjoy more great inspiration and knowledge from her.Motivation is magic when we choose to accept it.
    Judy

  7. I really needed to see this article. I haven’t been able to get back into the exercise mode for a few years now and I know I need to. We pay $90 a month for a family membership at the gym and we’ve been three or four times in the last year. We replaced the tires (they deteriorated) on our bikes several years ago so we could start riding but never did. We just replaced them again a few weeks ago and the bikes are still in the garage waiting for our visit. I just printed out this article and I’m keeping it where I can see it so I’ll stay motivated to ride my bike when I get off work today. I look forward to the endorphins being released and that feeling of well being the article talks about.

  8. This article is very inspiring! Excercising is definitely a hard thing to start but its these types of articles that motivate people to start on a new healthier path in life, and reminds people that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.. Great article and advice, I hope to hear more from you in the future..

  9. Walking is such a simple way to start, but getting derailed is also easy. One cold, one injury and it seems easy to forget that good feeling you get after a solid workout. I loved the idea of creating a motivation board- love to hear more about how you stay motivated. Some good advice here!

  10. everyone struggles with something. I like how KristyMarie keeps it simple, take one step at a time. The timing of this article is just right for me as I am embarking on such a challenge. Thanks Kristi for keeping it simple.

  11. Great article and reasons for motivation…something I’ve been so sorely lacking lately! I really like the idea of going hiking and the healing power of being in nature. For someone who can’t stand gyms, it’s good to be reminded that there are other options…and therefore no excuses!

  12. Really enjoyed this article, started jogging again last night, every once in a while I need something like this to get me going again. Hope to see more like this to keep me motivated!!

  13. What an inspiring article! Have joined the gym and have been kind of lax but with the inspiration that this article, It will get me going a lot more often and no more excuses!

  14. WOW!! This article has inspired me greatly… I have been battling weight loss for most of my life. I try yo yo dieting and hitting the gym hard all the time. I always seem to end up in the same place. This April I fell off a bike and broke my elbow, I thought to myself, ” great! Now what am I going to do”? Well, I did exactly what this article is suggesting, I started walking and walking.. I took the dog for walks every morning. I parked my car as far as I could when I went somewhere, I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill. I lost ten pounds in 4 months by doing this.. I am so happy to read an article like this because it makes me strive to be even healthier. Thank You for such a great article.

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