Feeling restless and unfulfilled lately? A little lethargic and pissed off at everything? Maybe you need to take a walk.
No, I’m serious. Take a 1/2 hour walk, get out of the confines of your room and fill your lungs with some fresh air. Check out the trees, study how the leaves fall. Look up and admire the clouds. Trust me you’d feel better.
People are supposed to work, to be doing things with our limbs. Not seated down typing whole day long, or worse, seated down with a tv remote control in hand.
Many of us wonder why we get agitated, stressed or lethargic? Well, examine your lifestyle. Is it sedentary? I’d bet it is.
When you lead an inactive lifestyle, you’re left with too much excess energy in the body which translates into mental stress and physical ailments. Simple as that.
Personally, I walk my dog/son 2km twice a day. Once in the morning and another in the evening. I never had this routine till I adopted Charlie but I’m so glad I have.
# – Camwhoring in my usual walking garb. Comfort’s the key!
Firstly, it’s a great opportunity to bond with my hairy son. By the way, walking is also a great activity to calm his mood cause pets that are inactive can develop a destructive behaviour or worse, fall ill easily.
I also really enjoy the evening walks because that’s when my other half joins in. It’s nice to walk while holding your partner’s hand in silence. So romantic, hehe.
That said, my current 4km walk a day is actually still not enough as the standard to constitute an active lifestyle is about 10,000 steps which translates into roughly 8km walk. So, I’m only half way there!
I can understand how difficult it is to start being active. I know, I’ve been there. I think the best way to start is to remove all expectations, start small and make sure it’s fun by involving friends or partners or even your neighbours.
When I started walking, I didn’t start for health reasons – I started because I knew my dog needed it. At first, I loved it because Charlie (my dog) could look sooooo happy but I soon noticed what difference it made to my mood and my energy level. I realised I’ve indirectly benefited from walking my dog. Nowadays, I relish the opportunity to walk.
# – Charlie camwhoring on our usual walking trail.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, think of the health benefits as only a bonus. Start walking instead of driving to nearby destinations. Walk with your family and friends; if not for fun, it’s for safety ;)
Hopefully by the time you start walking, I would have also achieved walking 8km a day. I don’t think it’ll be that hard because if 4km is so enjoyable…8km means I’m just doubling the fun! Hehe.
Check out Gaya Hidup Sihat for reliable information on living a healthy, active lifestyle. You can also get reliable tips on good eating habits and active lifestyle by watching Sihat 1 Malaysia hosted by Fahrin Ahmad. You can see for yourself the healthy living suggestions as well as stories of staying healthy from celebrities such as Siti Saleha, Chef Zaidah, Ifa Raziah and more!