Running has always been a challenge for me. For years, I tried to force myself into running. I would see others around training for marathons and thought, “if they can do it, so can I!”. I attempted to do the Couch to 5K program, but only lasted a week. I tried to ease myself into running by only jogging. But alas, nothing worked. So I mentally deemed myself a running failure, and assumed that any type of cardio just wasn’t for me.
But wait! Not all cardio is created equal. And everyone is different. Some may like running, while others like Zumba and cardio classes, biking, hiking, or Crossfit.
I personally got the “Walking Bug” after noticing a former coworker who would consistently spend her lunch breaks going on outside walks. Korina would always race to change into her neon blue sneakers, and when I asked her why she always walks so much, she replied, “It makes me feel good.” I liked that answer.
Since then, walking has become a consistent thing for me, too. In addition to my strength training, I usually walk 4 times per week, spending about 45 minutes per session (walking approximately 3 miles total). I love to put on my favorite Pandora channel, or listen to audiobooks while I walk. I feel refreshed afterwards, and just like Korina said for her, walking makes me feel good.
Do you hate running? No sweat. Walking has significant physical and mental health benefits. So hit the pavement! Here are 3 Reasons Why You Should Start Walking: