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Embracing the Extra Steps

I live 1/2 a mile from my local post office, a 1/4 of a mile from a public mailbox and UPS dropbox, and a 1/4 of a mile from my local pharmacy and local grocery – not a bad stretch of the legs in decent weather, but its a messy and cold trek that I don’t want to consider, if the weather is cold, snowy or rainy.

I pay the majority of my bills online and tend to drive short distances to do errands more than I care to admit. It’s winter, we’re indoors more than we’re outside, and once again I’m complaining about exercise, or my lack of exercise.

Commit to walking

So I had a meeting with myself and decided that as long as time and weather permits, I’d make an effort several times a week to walk more short distances when it came to doing errands instead of driving. So far, I have not been doing a terrible job.

I’ve managed to get those extra steps in the form of quick walks three times in the last two weeks, plus my workouts, which I also need to work on committing too, but that’s for another post. Anyway, simple, quick errands, like walking to pick up a gallon of almond milk, dropping of a small package at the UPS dropbox, and meeting my friend at our local Starbucks. Those walks took less time than I thought (10 or 15 minutes each way) and even though my walks weren’t necessarily brisk, I felt like I accomplished what I’d set out to do, which was getting more steps in per week.

I was moving more. I was getting outside, and not only was I adding extra steps, I was embracing them! I noticed a positive impact on my head and my blood sugars, and I also felt like I was helping the environment and that made me feel great!

How are you getting your extra steps in?

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