So have you walked today? I woke up with excruciating pain in my knee and back among other places. I had big plans for today that included trying to pound out a 5k before my water aerobics class. As I tried to step out of bed and walk around my apartment a bit to make breakfast I knew that would not be happening. I felt defeated. I sent a note out into the twitterverse that c25k would likely not commence today.
One of the things I deal with alongside my battle with weight is Fibromyalgia and ehlers-danlos. Now, the thing about fibromyalgia is, the pain while it is real pain, it isn’t caused by anything being busted. It is just my nerves being too sensitive. The E-D on the other hand can also cause major pain and can be dangerous because of the looseness that accompanies it with my joints. So I am constantly battling to determine which pains are linked to what.
So I decided to take some Tylenol and my anti-inflammitory pills and head to the gym and get my walk on anyway. I pounded out my c25k, I did every excruciating moment of it! I prayed for the walk now command! I was not going to let myself down. I was not going to let the #PriorFatPack down. I walked and ran through the suckage!
So as I walked I was thinking about how little time I have spent in my life actually walking. For years I was on crutches from broken bones and surgeries and became accustomed to being dropped off at the door. I would always look for parking spots closest to the doors of stores. I would drive around a parking lot for 15 minutes just to avoid parking too far away. Wow! Was I ever lazy!
So I just want to share a few of the benefits of walking that perhaps will encourage those of you that aren’t yet moving and grooving to park a little further away, or maybe take a post dinner stroll.
- It reduces your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke
- It lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes
- It lowers high blood pressure
- Helps you handle stress
- Helps you feel more energetic
- Helps you sleep better
- Improves your self-esteem
- It protects against falling and bone fractures in older adults
- It may help protect against certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer
- Helps you lose weight!!!
So do you need an idea of where to get started walking? The American Heart Association has a great interactive map that will help you find a walking path! I think as I get ready to visit my family in May I will use this to find a place to continue my training for the #PriorFatPack 5k while I am there! Also if you want to join our team for the 5k drop me a note I will send you an email with the password for the team.
Remember I am not a health professional, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program! This information is not intended to treat diagnose cure you etc.