Gearing Up For National Walking Day

You know how every day seems to have a food attached to it these days? I think I remember hearing about national peanut butter day (a favorite of mine), ice cream day, margarita day, doughnut day, and a few others. Well, I finally found a day we can celebrate without any guilt whatsoever.

The American Heart Association’s National Start Walking Day on April 4th

I’ve been doing more walking lately since I can’t run right now.  **On a side note, I completed 20 easy minutes on the stair climber yesterday morning. I only had mild pain at the gym and some discomfort after, so I guess that’s progress!

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I find walking to be just enough cardio for me, especially if I’m booking it up some hills, and it really saves my joints. Don’t get me wrong. I want to start running again soon, but walking just feels good.

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When I walk with the hubby, we both get endorphin-producing, mood-boosting exercise. We walk quickly, but we can still carry on a conversation the entire time. This means we get some computer/tv/iphone-free time to actually connect. Amazing, right?

Here are a few walking links that mention other benefits of favorite exercise:

 

I know Nation is not until next week, but this gives you time to plan a route, call a buddy, or check the weather forecast. All you need are three ten-minute sessions, and you’ve already gotten more fit.

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**If you want to make walking more difficult, add hills, push the pace, or walk with a weighted vest. Don’t carry dumbbells; that can strain your back and wrists.

 

  • What’s your favorite form of exercise?

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11 Responses to Gearing Up For National Walking Day

  1. Oh good- I saw this and went “oh crap, it’s going to rain all day and I can’t walk!” Good thing it’s next week and I won’t be ready for running after my half just yet… walking it is!

  2. Alex says:

    Cool! I’ll totally plan to do something on the fourth, I love walking!! :)

  3. Allie says:

    There’s a national walking day? Too cool! I’ll have to get prepared, haha. I’m going on a 3 mile walk this evening to run some errands rather than drive them–since there are no heavy groceries/etc. involved. I love walking, but I need to shake it up with some other lifting/cardio stuff or I’d get a little bored, I think.

  4. I gotta say, I’ve been really sick of all these food days. They just seem kind of stupid! BUT…I can get behind a walking day. :) Luckily, I have my little man (ryder) to walk with me every day.

  5. Great post! I’m glad it’s next week too, since it’s cold and windy outside today – I’d blow away, then freeze to death.

  6. At the moment all I can do is walk, so those links are great. I love going on a walk in the fresh air anyway, and now we are having lovely spring weather it is even better. Plus I think walking is the most accessible thing, so anything encouraging people to get out and get moving is good in my book.

  7. Brittany says:

    I loovee walking. It’s so therapeutic for me. Walking, and cycling are my favorite forms of exercise, and running is a necessary form so I can eat cookies.

  8. yayyy for walking! :) great post girl! i totally agree – walking is such a great form of cardio.

  9. LOVE this post!! Walking IS such a great form of cardio! Now that the weather is back to amazing and it’s lighter longer, I have found that my walks have increased significantly! And my pup gets to benefit from it as well!

    My favorite form of exercise is always changing … I think that’s what keeps me interested in exercise! Currently, my favorite is bikram yoga!

  10. I love taking walks with my hubby too. Best time we can actually have a conversation without interruption :)

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