A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #33: Walk There

Image by Keith Edkins via Wikimedia Commons

One simple tip this week: walk on your errands

How many times have you set out on a quick errand a mile or two away (or less), only to spend 15 minutes parking and sitting at stoplights? Consider the benefits of walking, instead. Stuff a Chico Bag in your pocket, bundle up or bring an umbrella if necessary, and get outside! If you’re like many of us, you already spend several hours a day sitting. Why add more when you don’t need to?

Why walk?

Besides boosting your metabolism, endurance, and spirits, a walk a day can fend off heart disease, diabetes, and other dis-ease.

As we’ve seen earlier this year, recent research has shown that the more time you spend sitting, the more likely your health will suffer as a result. Getting off your butt and walking to the grocery store, cleaners, restaurant, bank, or library provides too many benefits to argue: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and even financial and environmental benefits.

A short walk can help to clear your mind, boost your mood, and re-connect you with nature or with your spiritual practice. Walking saves gas money, doesn’t pollute, and helps you to relax, calm down, and even sleep better.

You don’t have to buy or wear new clothes or shoes. High heels can throw your body off balance and cause pain, but if you can walk in ’em and find them comfortable, don’t let me stop you from trying. Just move. That’s what matters.

If you’re physically unable to walk, or if you live in a rural area where “quick errands” are ten miles away, you might consider getting outside once a day, anyway. The benefits of fresh air alone will be worth it!

Questions for readers:

Do you walk to your errands?
Do you ever walk in high heels?

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