There should honestly be about a thousand disclaimers attached to this blog post about the benefits of walking I’ve experienced during my first 18 consecutive day of walking 2+ miles. It goes without saying, I am in no shape or form an expert at anything fitness related. Matter of fact, I am an incredibly overweight forty something who has ignored his health for most of his adult life. I was too focused on building a career, making money and living off of an expense account to give much attention to my health.
I ignored my health after my twenties. That obviously is not a good plan and will eventually catch up with you. To say the least, it caught up with me.
The pathetic place I allowed myself to get to is the type of story you hear from the contestants on The Biggest Loser. I don’t ask for anyone’s pity…. and I take 100% responsibility for what I allowed to happen. My choices, my habits, my decisions brought me to this place of constant pain, aggressive tiredness, lack of ambition and frustration at myself and who I had become.
I knew that bad habits had gotten me to where I was and that it would take implementing some good habits to get me where I wanted to be. So I started out to create some new habits in my life.
It’s Part Of My Vision Of Who I Want To Be
One of the affirmations I read every single day says “I have faith that my daily habits will either lead to success or lead me to failure – and I choose to do the daily habits that lead me to success.” I had never really put my health as part of that equation, but it was obviously a very huge part of the equation.
As I envisioned what my life would look like as a success in network marketing, the image I saw was a fit, healthy, dynamic leader. I would see myself on stage looking great in a custom made suit (or at least a nice Tommy Bahama shirt) I’d see myself on trips, vacations and adventures hiking, parasailing, biking and enjoying all life has to offer. Yet when I went to a store I looked for a parking spot as close to the front door as possible because I knew the little bit of walking would entail me losing my breath and feeling tired.
If you can dream it, you can make it happen. I knew if I my vision involved me being healthy and fit, it is something I can pull off. And I also knew that if I didn’t make health and fitness a priority that the success of my business would not happen. It take energy to build a team of successful people….and energy was one thing I was majorly lacking.I’ve known this for a few years, I’ve thought of it for years, I’ve said I was going to do something about it for years…… but never did anything about it.
I was reading a book on habits because I knew I needed to change my productivity habits, and in the forward of the book there was a story of a woman who wanted to take a trip that would require some walking, so she started walking every single morning. And from there all areas of her life began to take shape.
After hearing that story, I made a decision to start walking. That was 19 days ago.Now I am on day 18 of walking every single morning. I started out walking 2.1 miles and now I’m walking 4 miles each morning.
Here are 7 results that I’ve experienced during this short time of walking every morning….
I feel good about myself.
No matter what you’re doing in life, feeling good about yourself is vital to success. Others will not see you as a positive resourceful leader if you do not see yourself that way. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you can’t expect others to feel good about you. From walking, I know that I am doing something positive for me that will benefit me and my health. I know I’m doing something about an area of my life that has suffered. I know that I’m doing something very hard for me to do…and that if I can do this, I can do anything. Feeling good about yourself is HUGE.
I can overcome my excuses.
As I mentioned before, I’ve known what I needed to do for a LONG time, but I kept putting it off. I’ve ignored it, made excuses not to do it and have put it off for way too long. But by starting you realize that you are strong enough to get past the lame excuses. It’s very powerful when you know you can overcome your own excuses.
My mind is more powerful.
Walking has given me a time to just think, to get more creative and to be intentional about what is going into my thoughts. Some mornings I just walk, other mornings I’ll listen to a few chapters of an audio book and some mornings I have listened to The Power Mind Course, I know each day my mind is getting stronger, I’m getting out of this fog of inactivity and life is being swept back into me again. My ambition and drive feels it, my hunger for success is thriving again and my outlook on life is looking up again. Metaphorically speaking, I am beginning to feel like Rocky on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum Of Art.
I feel better.
Physically, I just feel better. Tired and sore, but refreshed if that makes sense. I can feel the muscles in my legs getting stronger and know that I am headed in the right direction instead of the wrong direction. It feels good to feel good!
My creative juices are flowing.
Walking allows me to dream and vision cast. It allows me to think about what’s really important, and honestly, what’s not-so-important. It allows me to think about goals and how to accomplish them. It allows me to think of how to begin other good habits and have the confidence to know I can accomplish.
I’m eating healthier.
Walking requires that I fuel my body in a good way and I’ve started thinking of the food I put in my body as fuel. Just as bad fuel will not keep an engine of a car moving, bad food will not give me the strength and energy that I need to accomplish what I want to accomplish. So I find myself being intentional about the food I purchase, the food I eat and the places I go for dinner. My water intake has increased (even though it was already pretty high). The habit of walking each day has helped shaped the decisions I make around food. Though I am far from perfect with my choices, I do see the dedication to nutrition deepening each day.
I am sleeping better.
I’m not sure if it’s my body being worked so hard, the peace of mind, the fact my alarm goes off at 6:30 each morning or a combination of them all, but I have gotten some of the best sleep I’ve experienced in years the past week or so. It feels amazing waking up refreshed and ready to go….yes, even at 6:30 in the morning.
Even More Benefits To Walking Daily…
There are so many more benefits than just these 7. I’ve received so much encouragement from others, conversations have been started, old friends have reached out, I’ve gotten an accountability buddy, people have been praying for me, I’ve seen some beautiful houses and even met some fabulous people. There is a domino effect happening for sure….and I’m only on day 18!
I’ll share some of the pics from the past several days. This is from the beautiful community I live in. Over the past 18 days I have fallen in love with this place!