Have time for a walk?

There’s nothing like a good run.  Unfortunately, those endorphin-pumping, head-clearing, sweat-it-all-out workouts aren’t always an option when we need them the most.

In the middle of a rough day — tired, rundown, overworked, stressed, whatever it is — exercise might be the last thing on your mind.  But really, that’s when you need to get out most of all.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could bottle a little of that positive post-run energy and tap into it in the middle of a stressful day at work or at home?  Walking can do that.

Even though it might not be an option to squeeze in a full-blown workout (complete with changing clothes, getting sweaty, and getting cleaned up), you might find that you can get away with taking a quick lap around the block.

Whether you’re stepping out of the house just to get away from the day-to-day or taking a quick break from a hectic day at the office, you can start to tap into those happy running vibes without even breaking a sweat.

Here are a few quick tips on how to make it happen:

Bring shoes.  You don’t need anything special, like bonafide “walking shoes”, but make sure you have a pair handy that will treat your feet well.  You wouldn’t go running in lousy shoes, protect your feet when you’re walking as well.

Schedule walks.  The ones that say they have no time to take a break are almost always the ones who need it the most.  If your day is really busy, it can still pay dividends to make a few minutes for yourself a couple of times a day.

Track your progress.  You might be surprised at how many miles you can log just by taking a lap around the block a couple of times a day.  Use your Bluefin app or even a simple pedometer to see how far you’re going.  You might find yourself motivated to wrack up more sidewalk time.

Find a walking buddy.  Just like a running buddy, a walking buddy can help keep your exercise interesting and also keep you accountable to someone other than yourself.  Besides, you probably already have someone that you chat and relax with during the day…you might as well do it on the move and pick up some health benefits as well.

Sure, going on a good long run is usually our first choice.  However, walking can be a great compromise…not to mention one that fits nicely into your daily routine.  Think about finding ways to take more steps each day and see what it does for your body (not to mention your mind).

Happy walking!

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