This past weekend was no different than most weekends, i.e. run errands, clean house, spend time with the family, hold skin care classes, etc. Except that on Saturday morning I was annoyed by anything and everything. I was so grumpy that I couldn’t even stand myself. I knew I had to do something quickly to get back on track or my entire weekend would be ruined, so I did what usually helps me get back to a better place – took a walk with a best friend and just told her what was annoying me. There is something about walking and venting that helps. In an hour I was calm and ready to enjoy my day.
I’ve done this all my life with some of my best friends and there is a mutual understanding whose ever turn it is to vent – don’t agree with anything, don’t make any comments, instead, just listen and continue walking.
According to studies walking on a daily basis has many physical and emotional benefits. It can help you:
- Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
- Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
- Manage your weight
- Improve your mood
- Stay strong and fit
As I finish writing, I notice that the sun is peeping out of the morning fog at the beach and the fresh ocean air is calling me to get outside and take a walk! Whatever your reasons may be for walking – enjoy your journey.
Happy Monday & Have a Beautiful Day!