When it’s sunny out and the days are long, I have no trouble getting motivated to go on a walk. But as the calendar turns to autumn, when the overcast days are more numerous and the mornings and evenings are darker, I struggle with getting outside for exercise. It is so easy to forget the benefits of a good walk:
- Reducing stress.
- Toning your muscles.
- Strengthening your bones and muscles.
- Improving your stamina and cardio fitness.
- Aiding in weight loss and weight control.
- Giving you more energy and making you feel good.
- Lowering your risk of chronic diseases including heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
So, to help motivate myself to get in a good walk during less than ideal weather, I like to schedule walks with friends or co-workers.
VM neurologist Nancy Isenberg, MD, encourages group walks and says, “Communal walking cultivates health and wellness in the workplace! Walking is not only terrific for the heart, it also boosts brain function and reduces the risk of memory loss by promoting growth of NEW brain cells in memory areas. Let’s keep moving!”
An even option is getting a group together and participating in one of the walk events that support good causes. There are several happening in the Seattle area this fall:
Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes
Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m.
“Step Out participants are committed to walk and raise money in this inspirational event not because 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because they walk among us in our lives and at the event.”
2012 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk
Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 a.m.
Join this walk for a fun-filled, healthy and inspiring fundraising event for the American Heart Association.
Pumpkin Push- 5K run, 2 mile family walk
Saturday, Oct 27, 8 a.m.
Seward Park, Seattle
This event is “Halloween fun with a heart” to raise funds to care for Seattle’s homeless.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m.
Marina Park, Kirkland
The walk is the primary fundraising event for NAMI Washington and the state’s 23 National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliates. The event also serves to promote mental health awareness and remind people that NAMI exists across Washington to help individuals with mental illness and their families.
How do you motivate yourself to get in a good walk?