Friday, January 25, 2013

The Benefits of Walking

 

My favorite part of my day is my daily walk with Cooper and I don't let the cold weather stop me. If the temperature is at least in the teens, I bundle up, with my boots, earmuffs, scarf and warm layers to face the elements. If you have made a commitment to exercise this year, walking is the perfect way to start.

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I knew that exercise would play a big role in taking back my health. I don't enjoy the gym, so that wasn't the answer for me. My doctor recommended walking for 30 minutes, at least 5 days per week. I have always enjoyed walking, but never consistently, so this was a change and a commitment. The more I walked, the benefits became clear. I felt healthy, my mood became lighter after walking and I slowly and steadily began to lose weight.

To control my blood sugar at night, it is recommended that I walk later in the day, so I usually walk in the late afternoon. Cooper knows when it is time to go and she is my motivator and keeps me walking at a brisk pace with her boundless energy.

After two years of consistent walking, along with healthy eating, I have lost 30 pounds and have never felt healthier. I feel like I took my health back. Walking makes me happy - and that is a good thing :-)

To read other blog posts about my daily walks, go here.

Enjoy a healthy weekend!

 

8 comments:

  1. Good job! I find walking enjoyable, too,

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  2. This is truly inspiring...we really have to take our health in our own hands. Cooper is a doll and a true companion I'm sure!

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. Good for you Vicki! Congratulations on your weight loss and your improved health.
    Happy walking for you and Cooper.

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  4. Good for you and awesome results! Even in the cold winter days you are out there....wow! So impressed! Have a great weekend!

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  5. You are an inspiration for me to walk too! I walk but not consistently! Gotta get my groove on:) Have a blessed evening, hugs!

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  6. Good for you! I admire you so much. Sweet, sweet photo of Cooper. Enjoy the weekend.

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  7. Great post Vicki -- walking is exactly what our bodies are designed to do -- so many think they need a gym membership or fancy equipment and really, just a walk is the best thing you can do. Congratulations on both the weightloss and taking back your health. an inspiration to others ;0

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  8. Congrats! And, thanks for this post. I've exercised on & off over the years... The last few years have been my off years. I'm just starting to get back into walking. I'm going to sign up for a 1/4 marathon in May to keep me motivated. It's nice to hear from somebody doing seemingly normal things & having great results. Cheers, to you!

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