July 14, 2014

The wonders of walking


Walking really works wonders. The other week I met up with my friend Shelby at Piedmont Park to walk and chat. Honestly, I was dreading the environment of this hangout because I have never enjoyed outdoor summer activities in the past. But after our first lap, I felt incredible

Walking 10,000 steps each day = about 500 calories burned each day = about 1 pound loss each week. For the past two weeks, I've been walking at least 10,000 steps a day and to track my steps I've been using the steps counter on the myfitnesspal application for iPhone. I love this feature of the app because every time I look at my phone, I can check the progress of my steps.



Walking around Piedmont with Shelby also helped me cross an item off my ATL Summer Bucket List, yesss! This hangout turned out to be such a fun and healthy time, and it inspired me to start walking more often. Here are some ways that I've incorporated more walking into my daily life:

  • Meet up with my friends to walk somewhere and then get a healthy snack/meal afterward
  • Walk around my neighborhood or the hallways of my apartment complex
  • Take the steps in my work building instead of the elevator
  • Walking around the office before and after my lunch break
  • Walking to my co-workers' desks instead of emailing/IM'ing
  • Walking from class to class instead of taking the bus
  • Walk with a friend to a lunch/dinner spot nearby instead of driving
  • When shopping at  the mall (or Target), walk around the entire building

How do you incorporate physical activity into your daily life?

12 comments:

  1. Vett, I have that app ... I need to look into that feature of counting my steps...

    I would like to do the 10,000 steps per day but I make sure I get out and walk/jog at least 4 times per week, more if I can but for at least 4 times... It feels good, I love the energy I feel from walking with how much better I feel I since I started walking a little more than a year ago... :)

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  2. I get enough walking at work. I have to get new shoes at least every six months

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  3. i am going to download this app now and 10,000 steps from 2moro done
    keep in touch,
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com
    www.indianbeautydiary.com

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  4. I love walking! Gotta get my foot back to 100% and then I fully plan on utilizing my fitbit to hit those 10,000 steps. Piedmont Park looks gorgeous!

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  5. I love walking! I actually moved into an apartment right next door to where I work so that I could walk to work each morning, and I usually go for a walk downtown after work. I need to try out "myfitnesspal" so that I can count my steps! Great tip :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  6. Love walking! It's such a perfect mental break!

    <3 Shannon
    upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  7. I also love walking. It's an instant pick-me-up. I don't know if I do 10,000 steps but I think that's an amazing thing to be doing for your body. I need to find a way to increase my physicality throughout the week. Thanks for this motivation!

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  8. Hello from Spain: great tips. Walking is very healthy. I love to walk at a good pace. Keep in touch

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  9. I love walking! It's my favorite exercise! And I love that I can do it with friends!

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  10. I love taking walks! Beautiful post!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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