img_9074

Well Spring has technically arrived and it is a great time to try and get out for a daily walk if you haven’t been doing this already. 

The snow and ice are finally melting and most of the sidewalks are clear.  The local trails around town are also in good shape for walking. Just because the gyms are all closed doesn’t mean you should spend your day sitting on your couch or in front of your computer.  Getting outside every day is good for us mentally and physically, just keep a 2m distance between you and anyone else you happen to meet or pass on the trails and sidewalks.

Remember our Rate of Perceived Exertion Scale?  We need to move at a brisk pace for health benefits.  That pace should be somewhere between 5-8 out of 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is the easiest and 10 is the hardest.  Our walk should not be a leisurely stroll.

If you are not used to walking for long periods of time, start small, 10-15minutes is a reasonable starting place.  For many of you who have been participating in the Fit for Life class program, here is a challenge for you: aim for a minimum of 20-30 minutes daily – do more if you want to.  See if you can do this for 6 days in a row.  Keep this going each week.  Let’s do this for one month.  When should you start?  Today, now, or whenever you actually read this.  It doesn’t matter, just start doing it.  For one month = 4 weeks.  This will give you a great aerobic base of fitness and help your stress level and your mood as we practise social distancing.  

Maybe I’ll see you out on the trails!  In the meantime, stay well.

 

7 thoughts on “Daily Walking Challenge

  1. The cool temperature today ensured a brisk walk…am trying to do at least one hour of walking every day, Bonnie.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    Like

  2. Hi Bonnie my wife and I did your Fit program yesterday and really enjoyed it.
    Lauree has me out for a walk for the last 6 days, up and down at Devils Glen I must have been reading your. We have here all the exercise equipment we need, so no excuses for me. Y’all stay healthy

    Like

  3. Hi there, love your postings. We are self quarantined having arrived back from the US on Monday We enjoy walking so have been doing it since we got back. Wish it was warmer out there though! Keep your postings up. Started on the exercises but still in holiday mode….stay tuned, and keep those exercises going….thank your boys! Sue

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    Like

  4. Bonnie, thank you so much for what you continue to do for us. I have walked 4.5 km, 3 times this week, which is uphill for the first half. I try to walk fast, as you taught us, at least on the downhill part. Want to make it 5x next week. It has been lovely to see the advance of Spring and beautifully quiet to hear birds. The snow is melting so there are babbling brooks and this morning I had a little chat with a caterpillar.
    Stay well.
    Mary Armstrong

    Like

Leave a Reply to Carol Ann Gardner Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s