Wellness Pathway #145: Take a Walk

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There is no single Wellness Pathway more important than getting regular cardiovascular exercise each and every day. Human beings were built to move. For most of human history, we were hunters and gatherers. We did not work at more or less sedentary jobs for 8 to 12 hours a day, only to come home exhausted in order to plop ourselves in front of the television. Failing to move our bodies, each and every day, does more to cause disease than any other single factor. More than smoking. More than alcohol. More than infection. The diseases of affluence, as they are sometimes called (cancer, heart disease, and diabetes — to mention only three), are diseases of our own making.

The most natural human exercise, the one our bodies are built for, is walking. If walking was a pill, everyone would take it. It promises to not only lower the risk of disease but to also reduce weight, cholesterol levels, constipation, depression, impotence, and age-related dementia — at the same time as it increases muscle mass, flattens the belly, and reshapes the thighs — with no negative side effects. So buy yourself a good pair of walking shoes. Add whatever bells and whistles your heart may desire, such as a heart rate monitor, a pedometer, or walking poles. Then take to the streets. Work yourself up to an average of 45 minutes a day, and you’ll be well on your way to health.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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