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!



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

  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!


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

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

  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!

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

  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


  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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