It’s easy to let your busy day take over and your commitment to daily walking goes out the window.
When strengthening your daily walking practice it helps to put a time into your day when you know you are going to walk. It’s so easy to let our busy days get away from us and then we find ourselves either running out of energy to walk or the sun setting and no time to get outside.
The highest form of self-care is to say “I orient my day around my self-care and exercise.” Although our days may also center around appointments and other schedules (children pick up, shopping, etc), by affirming this we create a personal daily culture of self-care that will guide you to walk.
When I get up in the morning I plan my walking time. And I stick to it. Just like I would if a coaching client were to call or if I had a dermatology appointment (I like to use my Dermatologist’s appointments as an example as it takes forever to get an appointment and I dare not miss it.)
When is walking the best for you in a day?
First thing in the morning? Mid-day? I enjoy walking alone and I also enjoy walking with others. Here are some points to consider when supporting your walking program:
- When is the best time of day for me to walk?
- What is my biggest obstacle for getting out to walk?
- Who do I enjoy walking with? Can I get a walking buddy or ask someone to walk with me on a regular basis?
- What tools would make walking easier for me? New shoes? A bag with walking clothes/hat/sunscreen in the car for easy access?
- Pedometers. Pedometers and or FitBits can be fun for tracking your walking. With Fitbits you can walk with your mom, daughter or a friend at a distance. Investing in your walking is affordable as this is one of those amazing fitness programs that requires you to just get up and go (FitBits are optional!)
Get inspired about walking at Walking.com and remember that every step you take increases your heart health and links to your process of discovery about your self.
Helene Van Manen / www.coachhelene.com