If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to lessen stress and overwhelm, and to find time for the things in your life which bring you joy.
I just read a Good Health column in my local newspaper, The Sun Sentinel, by Dr Paul Donahue, MD. I have long liked the practicality and comprehensive nature of Dr Donahue’s approach. I’ve read and clipped many articles in which he gives solutions which aren’t based only in traditional medical knowledge.
Recently a reader asked Dr Donahue about exercising to lose weight. He replied, “45 minutes of brisk walking at least 4 times a week takes off 18 pounds in 1 year, and walking those 3 hours a week lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke by 40%.”
Dr Donahue got my attention.
I’m so busy focusing on getting my stuff done, I don’t always take time to do what I need to do to stay healthier. I love walking, and I have some great places to walk nearby. I also have wonderful neighbors and a husband who like to walk.
I have no excuse to keep me from adding regular walking to my health practices.
Here’s what I love about Dr Donahue the most. In the article, “Brisk Walking Helps You Lose That Weight,” he ends by sharing a tip to prevent boredom and increase calorie burning. He says, “Walk fast for 90 seconds, slow down for 90 seconds, and continue the pattern for the walk.”
Note to Dr Donahue: You hit a nerve.
I can make the time, but I sometimes get bored when I’m walking.
I find myself hurrying up good practices so I can get my other stuff done that day. That feeling of boredom could be coming from not being fully present in my walking. Anytime we’re not fully present in the task at hand, we create stress and overwhelm.
I need ways to stay present while I’m enjoying the walk. I’ll be working on that!
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