Taking a Daily Walk: The Simplest Way to Get Moving.
I am always blogging about exercise and how much I want this for you. It’s one of the most important lifestyle changes I want you to make post-bariatric surgery.
It’s not enough to “want” to do it. You “need” to do this. I want to gently encourage you to take this part of your bariatric journey very seriously. If you haven’t started yet, you can start now.
Get up, put on your shoes, and just go outside and walk, please. You can do this as soon as your finish reading this. No time like the present.
Staying active is essential for our health and well-being, yet many of us struggle to make it a priority in our busy lives. If you’re looking for a simple way to add movement to your routine, look no further than taking a daily walk.
A daily walk can be as simple as it sounds – just a leisurely stroll around the block or through a park. You don’t need any special equipment or a gym membership, just a comfortable pair of shoes and a little bit of time. But despite its simplicity, taking a daily walk can have a big impact on your health.
Right now I am experiencing a “Quebec, Canada winter”. Folks, it isn’t pretty. It’s cold. It’s really cold. As soon as I am finished writing this, I will bundle up in my boots, snowsuit, hat, scarf, and double mittens, and I will go outside. I am going to walk my dog who already has her fur coat on. It’s our routine. I’ve built this into my lifestyle and you can do this also – with or without the dog and snow.
By building a daily walk into your routine, you are creating a designated time for exercise each day. This helps to establish a habit, making it easier to stick with your active routine in the long term. Plus, a daily walk is a low-impact form of exercise that is easy on your joints and suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
As you become more comfortable with your daily walks, you may find that your walks turn into jogs, yoga sessions, or weight-lifting routines. This is a great sign – it means that you are becoming more active and comfortable with incorporating exercise into your life.
But the most important aspect of taking a daily walk is the time it provides to focus on yourself and your health. By taking this time each day to move and care for your body, you are showing yourself that you love and value your health. A daily walk is not just a physical activity, but a mental and emotional one as well.
Taking a daily walk is an easy and effective way to start incorporating movement into your life. By making a daily walk a routine, you are setting yourself up for success and taking an important step towards a healthier and happier you.
So, grab your shoes, head outside, and start enjoying the benefits of a daily walk today!
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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