Have you ever wondered what the best thing for getting healthy would be?
Look no further, you’ll know once you’ve read this article.
A lot of our patients are always on the lookout for new ways to feel great, and live a healthier lifestyle – especially after experiencing something like an ankle injury that puts them out from walking for a while, or a bad back that’s kept them resting in bed for days.
When it comes to health, most of us start to overcomplicate things.
We think about what foods we should buy, what exercise routines would work for us, what the best green superfood juice is…
In my opinion, that’s the hard approach.
As humans we want results fast (myself included!), but that’s often the primary reason why we give up on our new habits after a few weeks.
When it comes to your health, as with everything else in your life, the key is to be consistent.
Slow and steady progress will make you healthy and happier – wanting the quick route only makes it harder.
So let’s take a look at…
Getting Healthy The Easy & Most Sustainable Way
The easy approach is so different – you take a habit, or a behavior you want to put into action and make it small so you can’t give it up.
Eating less processed sugar is a great example – lots of people want to incorporate this into their daily life but brush it to the side after a week or two.
Because it’s tough, they make the habit too big and they throw out all the sugar in the house.
A “better” approach, that works for most people, is to begin slow by cutting certain processed foods out one at a time, so the habit is so tiny you simply can’t give it up.
Then you increase the habit, instead of not just eating jelly sweets anymore, you also take out fizzy drinks and soda, before you know it, you’ve cut your sugar intake dramatically!
It won’t work for everybody, because we’re all different at building habits – it’s a great tactic that works for many people.
Anyway, this article isn’t about sugar, it’s actually another really easy (but highly effective) habit.
The one that has multiple positive effects attached to it…
It’s not exercise, or eating more vegetables…
Let me explain…
Getting healthy is all about the small things you do every day.
The small things that don’t require much work, but add up over time, and walking can be a huge contributor to that – it’s exercise, it just doesn’t feel like it.
The definition of walking is – “To advance to travel on foot at a moderated speed or pace”.
That doesn’t sound too hard does it?
You walk to your car, or you walk home, you walk around your workplace – walking is already a habit, you just need to increase the amount of it you do.
Before I tell you how to make it actionable, I want to give you some of the benefits of walking, short and simple…
Walking Gets You Moving
And everybody knows how important that is – we spend an average of 9.3 hours a day sitting which isn’t good for our bodies, when you’re walking you aren’t sitting which is a good thing for getting healthy.
Your Muscles Get Used
Using your muscles keeps your body moving – if you live a sedentary lifestyle, you’re increasing your risk of suffering from something like a bad back and weak body – which let’s face it, if you can avoid that you will!
It Helps You Feel Relaxed
Getting fresh air makes you feel more relaxed and less stressed, while getting into the sun will increase your vitamin D production which improves your sleep – helping you to feel fresh each day.
Walking has many, many positive effects, but you’ll have to find out the rest yourself 😉
Here’s a few ideas to get you started…
Don’t think a 5 minute walk is a waste of time, it’s not! Start with 5 minutes and if you enjoy it, increase it to 10 next time!
Use Your Legs More
If you drive to work, park your car further away and walk the rest, even better – if your workplace is close, ditch the car altogether.
At The Weekend…
Take a long walk on the weekend, with your family or a friend and just walk.
There’s no shortage of places to walk here in Phoenix and it combines walking and your social life.
When you’re on vacation, don’t take a taxi or public transport all the time.
Walk through the city and talk to locals, this way you’ll discover more places you wouldn’t have seen otherwise and make the most of it.
There’s just a few ways you can start to incorporate walking more into your daily life.
I personally love to walk, and I walk for at least 20 minutes a day, either alone, with friends or family.
I’ve discovered so many places during my walks and came up with so many ideas and always feel great afterwards.
Walking is really easy, finding an excuse for jogging is rather simple (not a lot of us like jogging), but finding an excuse for taking a short walk is almost impossible.
Take a 5 minute walk every day for a week and see how you feel afterwards and increase it by 5 minutes each week.
It’s a great way to start getting healthy!