Let’s Do the 3-Mile Walk!

I mentioned in an earlier post this year that I have discovered a new workout which I have begun doing sometime in February.

Well, it is really a walking program which I found just by scanning the internet. I am referring to Leslie Sansone’s 3- mile walk at home program/workout as promoted by the American Heart Association. I find it very doable! And I no longer have any excuse not to “walk” when it is raining outside as I can do it right at home ๐Ÿ™‚

Now this month of June has meant a better resolve for me to walk 3-5 times a week. And the reason behind that is that my husband is now doing the walk with me ๐Ÿ™‚ย  He now does this before doing his regular work out.

According to Leslie, a certified fitness expert and collaborator with the American Heart Association,ย walking 3 to 5 times per week goes towards our general health. But if the goal is to lose weight, walks should be done 4 to 6 times per week. I am aiming this month for a 4-5 times per week walk. I think losing a pound or 2 would be great for me ๐Ÿ™‚ But overall, I just want to walk towards better health and if I lose some weight in the process then that is well and good. You see, if we are not intentional in doing something active, we get stuck with the unhealthy sedentary lifestyle.

Leslie as can be seen in the video, encourages and inspires you while you walk. She incorporates other movements during the walk to also work your other muscles. I also love it that there is a warm up part and then the cool down part of the program.

So here is the 3-mile Walk video with Leslie. If I can do it, I believe so can you! Let’s do this!

We Must Not Forget Self-Care

As we strive to provide and care for our family, do our best in our jobs, voluntarily serve in our communities, local groups or even churches โ€“ we might forget adequately caring for our self.

According to PsychCentral: โ€œSelf-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.โ€ I would also add to that our spiritual health.

What are some ways the that we can take better care of ourselves?

Mental and emotional health. What is helpful in this area is building yourself strong relationships and friendships. Being able to freely express yourselves in these relationships is important โ€“ being able to talk about your concerns and issues as well as your happy moments or news to others is good for you.

Being able to do stress management would be extremely good as well. We all experience different levels of stress but what is important is we know how to handle them and that we also have the resources to meet them. If you also suffer from depression, seek out the support and help from others. Seek help from a mental health professional. Take note that seeking the help of others, including from mental health professionals is also one key step towards being mentally and emotionally healthy.

Physical Health. It is important to take care of our physical health. After all, to continue to function and fulfill our purpose in our lives, we need our body and its parts ๐Ÿ˜Š Pursuing good physical health means taking enough time to sleep and rest. It also means eating and hydrating ourselves well. We need to be conscious and intentional in eating healthy and not just eat whatever is available or whatever we are craving for๐Ÿ˜Š

We must not also forget that our body needs exercise and physical activity to be able to function to its optimum. Unfortunately, there may be times when we encounter an accident and suffer injury. If the injury is caused by the negligence of others, it would be helpful for you seek help and legal advice from personal injury attorney Tampa so that you will be able to avail of resources that you need to recover.

Spiritual Health. We can not neglect this area of our life. We need to have spiritual resources to tap into as we continue our life journey. This includes exercising your faith and being part of a community of believers. Reading the Bible and other inspirational material can help nurture the spirit. Studies point out that spiritual practices are connected to better health and well-being. These spiritual practices which are contemplative in nature include meditation, prayer and journaling.

In the end, we need to remember that we are responsible in making choices for a better and healthier you and me. It takes a conscious decision to take better care of ourselves. And this is something that we must do because its benefits are not just for us personally. When we take time to care for ourselves, we become better equipped in serving and taking care of others.

Made for More Than Ordinary Lives

While I agree that we need to be able to embrace contentment with what we have, I think there also needs to be a balance. What I mean is we should not just settle for a day-to-day mundane, meaningless existence.

Yes, let there be contentment but let there also be purpose ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Let us live each day with meaning, with hopes and dreams.

I think that as we find and embrace the meaning and purpose of our lives, going through the challenging seasons of our lives easier becomes a bit easier. We see a deeper purpose for any of our pains as well as our joys. And I think we are encouraged to live healthier in body, soul and spirit because we know we need whatever resources we have to fulfill our life’s purpose.

This is one song I’ve been listening lately which reminds me that we are made for more than ordinary lives – we are made not just to survive. I hope you get inspired as you listen to the song.