I’ve been feeling very sluggish lately. I still do my morning exercise routine most days, but I quit weight lifting earlier than usual this spring when I foolishly tried lifting something I shouldn’t have and hurt my back. It’s okay now, so I really have no excuse except laziness and lack of incentive. Today I decided to do something about that!
Remembering back to last year when I walked 179.5 km as part of the Hoofing It Across Canada fundraiser for NET cancer research, I recalled how good all that walking felt and how much it helped to have a specific goal. That’s what I needed; a new challenge!
October 2, our 45th wedding anniversary, is 5 months or exactly 154 days from now. I have decided to walk (or hike) 300 km between now and then. That’s an average of 1.95 km a day. (For my American readers, that’s a total of approximately 186 miles or 1.2 miles a day.) I know that I’m capable of walking further, but I also know that I won’t walk every single day and I want to set a goal that’s realistic and achievable. I’m telling you about it so that you’ll help keep me accountable. In fact, I’m wondering if anyone wants to join me? If my goal isn’t right for you, set one of your own and tell us about it in the comment section below.
Walking has many benefits including:
- It’s accessible, easy, and free.
- It reduces stress and decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety which, for many, have been escalated by the current pandemic.
- It improves heart health and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- It increases blood flow and therefore improves energy levels.
- It improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- It reduces the risk of some cancers.
- It boosts the immune system.
- It helps prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
- It reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
- It burns calories.
- It promotes more restful sleep.
- It improves flexibility and helps ease chronic pain and stiffness.
- It improves brain function.
- It’s even been linked to longer life expectancy!
My current walking challenge is not a fundraiser, but I will be participating in a 5 km walk for Multiple Sclerosis research on May 30 in support of a close friend who battles this disease. If you would like to add your support, you can find my fundraising page here.