are getting all shredded up from the cobble stones of Central Park. As sad as I
am to see these darlings deteriorate, I am SO, SO happy to know that it is
because I have been walking in the park. Yes, walking! In Central Park!
With the blossoms and the lake and ducks and lovers walking hand and hand and
children playing in the sun….all when I should be a crazy work-a-holic sitting
at my desk like everybody else. But I have made sure these days to jail
break outta there once or twice a day and walk my legs ’til I can feel
those muscles burn! It has been exhilarating!!! I can’t even tell you the
high that I feel. I have such a belief in exercise. It can do the mind
and heart wonders in just 2 days! I just need to break the tiniest sweat
and take off that winter jacket. MK: Don’t ever forget this!!!! I’m
glad to be reminded of this cause it has just been one long dreary winter and
I’ve been glued to that desk and frankly, not feeling so fun or lively or
creative these days. But now, I sneak out every chance I get. Somehow
all that sunshine and air is making me feel sexy, happy, alive, healthy,
creative, funny, confident, desirable, cute & feminine!!! Yes, it’s true! Overall, very best thing for lovers 🙂 🙂 And—hugest bonus…. It helps me to feel aligned with God. Amazing how
My life is so good! And spring in New York is glorious!!!”
Um, anybody want to go walking? 🙂 🙂
Exercise is seriously like magic. It’s SO, SO good for the soul and the heart. It just seems to boost creativity and vitality to the max.
I’ll never, ever forget the miles that my dear friend and I walked and walked after her baby died and my husband left all within the same month. I think it saved us that summer.
A few of my walking tips:
1. Get a walking partner if you can. It’s AWESOME. There is something about conversing while exercising. It feels cleansing or something. It’s like you can chat about life and goals and hash things out together. I love it. Of course it can also be powerful to be alone with your mind and thoughts from time to time. And, of course, your play lists or pod casts. 🙂
2. Walk FAST!!! Work up a sweat! OK, I’ll just say it…I am a fast, fast walker. My friends who go walking with me always mention it and love it as it keeps them going. And I do kinda pass up just about every walker in front of me…except that one bionic guy at Prospect Park. 🙂 He could school me any day. But really-if you’re not walking fast enough to work a sweat, I don’t think you’ll get the maximum benefit. MAKE IT WORTH IT. Also, find a walking partner who has a good pace, as well. 🙂 You might actually have to ditch a few. eeks. But that’s ok as that hour is all about your health.
3. Change up your routine. It’s great to have a change of scenery from time to time. The visual journey is also what enlivens your spirit.
4. Walk in the opposite direction sometimes. This is another way to change up the scene. And if you’re on a park loop or something, you can’t imagine how fun it is to see the faces of the oncoming walkers and runners. 🙂 I LOVE IT. It’s so inspiring to see so many out exercising.
5. Walk through a meadow. We have a paved park loop at Prospect Park, but there is something nice about cutting through the meadow and walking on the grass. It also allows you to be in full sun for a bit.
6. Put lotion or salve on your feet before putting on your socks/shoes. It’s a little routine I love to do as it makes my feet soooo much softer and nicer looking. I’m LOVING this salve one of our readers gave me (her mom owns the company)…it’s called Mom’s Stuff and it’s completely natural and really, really, really moisturizes your skin. I highly recommend it!!
7. If you have a full-time job, get out to walk at least once a day. In my offices in New York, it was so frowned upon to leave, so I started going “to the pharmacy” or the “post office” and then I’d walk around the block a few extra times. Every work errand was done on foot when at all possible. I started avoiding cabs as much as I could so I could walk.
8. If you commute by train…walk up and down the platform while waiting. (Can you tell I don’t care what people think? haha.)
9. SMILE and take note of your POSTURE while walking. Yep. Both will do you good.
10. ANY amount of walking counts. My power walks are 3.3 miles. But if you start out only doing 1/2 a mile or just one walk around the block, then just do that. Do whatever you can and do it consistently. That’s the key. 🙂
Okay, GET WALKING my friends!!!! Start it now!!!!
And do you have ANY tips to share?? Favorite shoes? Favorite walking paths in your area? Favorite play lists or meditations or pod casts? I love that these posts follow with the most amazing tips and advice from you all. Thank you for that…
(photos are from my walks in Prospect Park.)