Strolling towards a Better Life
Walk towards a better life, I heard someone say, a few days back. And he meant it literally. Walking, as we all know is the most common exercise. It is arguably the easiest way to keep a check on someone’s health, as it burns calories, thus tuning the cardiovascular system. We have heard many stories of how people followed a simple 30 minutes walking routine to keep themselves in shape.
As being fit is a personal choice and is often followed by other caveats like mood, time and motivation, going for a walk every day is not something which is being followed by everybody religiously. Then how does one overcome this challenge to be excited enough to go for a walk?
To counter the mood element, technology has come to our rescue. Switch on the music on your phone, mp3 or iPod, plug in the earphones and you are all set to pace forward.
However, time is often cited the biggest obstruction in the walk plan. For those who don’t have much time, experts have suggested dividing 30 minutes into shorter periods of at least 10 minutes each. For instance, use stairs instead of an elevator, get off bus one or two stops early or park your car at the far end.
To overcome the motivational aspect, the new concept of ‘Walking Group’ has evolved. Celebrities like Martina Navratilova have encouraged people to form groups and it has a multi-dimensional effect. Not only it gives you motivation and company, it also rejuvenates your social life, compelling you to do better.
To put everything in perspective, three hindrances which we analyzed are nothing but a mindset issue, yes, even time. When we are committed to anything, we make every effort to fit that into our busy schedule. Why not we first try and change our mindset? No, it’s not going to be a thought-process exercise, just replace the word “walk” with “stroll”. Strolling, by definition, is to go at a leisure pace. The word stroll has a nicer tone to it; it sounds more of fun than an obligation. It will ensure that for those 30 minutes, you take a break from your routine to recharge yourself. So, wear the right mindset and stroll. Erase the word walk and replace it with a stroll. To conclude, I would say, Stroll towards a better life.