If you have read my past posts, you know that I am a runner, or was anyway. I have completed 5 half marathons and countless 5K, 10Ks and 15Ks. You also know that it has led to some injuries. Most recently, I have a heel spur and tendonitis in the Achilles. I have not able to run for almost 9 months, so I have been using biking to stay active. Before I was a runner, I walked 3-5 miles every day. I haven’t really walked much since I started running and biking. I always feels like I am not moving fasting enough. Last week, I met a friend for a walk. We chatted the entire time, and before I knew it, we had walked for over an hour. I had no pain and I felt great. I realized how much I enjoy walking.
I recently read an article about a study done by James O’Keefe, a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, MO. His studies outlined the benefits of walking or jogging at a slow pace versus running. One of the studies shows that walking or jogging at a slow pace for 1 to 2.5 hours a week, lowers your risk by 25%. I forget that just because I am not running, doesn’t mean it’s not a great workout.
I scheduled a walk with the girls this week. It’s great opportunity to catch up while enjoying the benefit of physical activity. I also will get in at least one walk in with the family and one on my own. When you are teaching boot camp classes, you tend to neglect your own workout. I have been so slack with my own diet and workout since I stopped running. I am hoping getting back to the basics of eating right, walking and along with my other planned workouts, I will find my way back into a routine.
Do something for your health today – go for a walk!