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Beautiful Reflections – Why you should take a walk (PT 1)

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Taking morning walks along the coast, usually provides such amazing displays from nature.  No matter where you live, the early morning hours or late evening hours provide such beautiful light, which makes the sights that seem ordinary many of the times, explode with colors and beauty.  For me these are the best times of the day to take a walk, and not only give me some excersize but also provide me with some great opportunity to capture images.

This shot was taken late summer, early fall, during a walk along Nye Beach located in Newport Oregon.  The beaches on this part of the Oregon Coast are large, and long. Because they are so large, even with people on the beach it still seems empty.  In the early morning they are usually deserted and give me a good opportunity to have no unwanted people in an image.  There are a couple of “secret” spots I go to where there usually no one on the beach, no matter what time of day I go.  These places I keep close 🙂  The walk does me good too, I feel refreshed and ready to do whatever the day has planned.  So there’s one reason you should take a walk, but there are many…

Walking Is The Perfect Low Impact Exercise

If you haven’t exercised in a while, or are looking for something easy you can do every single day give walking a try. It’s the perfect low impact way to exercise. It’s easy to do, you don’t need any special equipment and you can start at the fitness level you’re at.

If you’re not in the best of shape, start by going for a 10 or 15 minute walk around the neighborhood and work your way up from there. If you’re already in great shape, walking can still provide an effective workout. Walk fast and incorporate some hills and even stairs.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. If you’re like most of us, chances are you haven’t exercised much since you got out of college and need to start small. Maybe your doctor suggested that you move around more, or maybe you just want to be proactive about your health and well-being. In either case, walking is the perfect way to start.  I know that when I was working, long hours every day, there was a time when I didn’t exercise much at all, and my size showed it! 🙂   But I later got in the habit to walk everyday, even if it was just around the block.

Find a pair of comfortable shoes, put them on and go for a stroll through your neighborhood. You could also find a local park with a nice path you can walk on. If the weather doesn’t permit walking outside, head to your local mall and walk or hop on a treadmill.  If you like to take pictures bring your camera or phone and look for interesting things you may not have seen in the neighborhood before when you were driving by. 

You can even walk in place at home in front of your TV. Here’s a simple little idea to get you moving more. As you’re sitting on the couch at night watching TV, get up during commercial breaks and march in place until your favorite TV show comes back on. If you’re using a service like Netflix, make yourself walk in place for 10 minutes in between episodes. Or turn on the TV and challenge yourself to march in place during the entire show. Time will fly while you’re having fun watching TV and moving.

Speaking of having fun, going for a walk outside can be a lot of fun too. Mix up your route and walk in different areas of town, or visit different parks. Invite a friend to come along with you to walk. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to and having a walking buddy keeps you accountable. Last but not least, grab your phone or MP3 player and listen to music or audio books as you walk to make the time go by faster.

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If you have a dog, you already have a great walking partner, or maybe have a friend or neighbor who may let you take their dog for a walk.  I don’t think there is a healthy dog out there that wouldn’t love to walk!

The main thing is that you get out there, move around, and get some exercise in a way that’s gentle on your joints, your heart, and the rest of your body and that’s what walking will do for you. Just give it a try and see if you don’t start to feel better, happier, and stronger after a few weeks of regular walks.

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