I had an appointment at 10am this morning. Since my meeting took place in a crowded downtown area where you have to fight for a parking space or pay outrageous fees for parking in a garage, I decided to take the subway to my appointment.
There are a few items that I always keep in my bag, walking shoes, a power bar in case I get hungry before my next meal and my gps that tells me how to get to my next destination whether I am walking, driving or on the subway.
After my appointment, I decided I would reward myself for performing well at the appointment. My reward was some additional activity for the day. The sun, was shining, the weather was nice and I was ready to walk home instead of taking the subway. So, I put on my walking shoes, nibble on my power for a power boost, calculated my route on the GPS and started moving.
I really enjoyed the walk as I purposely walked through neighborhoods that I had only driven through before. This time, I was able to really look at some of the houses I had been admiring, enjoy some of the pretty sculptures, artwork and architecture along the way, get in a little extra Vitamin D by getting some sun and enjoy the brisk, power walk home.
I remember chuckling as I was walking over a bridge of a major highway. As I looked over the bridge, traffic was backed up on the exit that I would have probably taken to get home. I chuckled because as traffic was at a standstill, on the exit ramp, I was joyfully walking and getting closer to my destination faster than those on that exit ramp.
On your weight loss and wellness journey, always be prepared. Take extra healthy snacks when you travel so that you won't be tempted with unhealthy options. Also, take or wear comfortable shoes when taking public transportation. Take advantage of opportunities to walk instead of drive to your destination whenever possible. This will help your psyche and help you burns some extra calories as you power walk. Remember, this extra activity must count, so no leisurely strolls allowed, step it up a notch and make the walk really count by increasing your calorie burn with a faster pace.
I appreciate driving, however, I have developed a new appreciation for walking in my city. I am seeing parts of the city that I haven't seen before. And, it amazes me how far away places seen when you have to deal with traffic. Yet when walking, you are able to keep moving at a pace that gets you to your destination in your expected time frame. It was to take me 44 minutes to walk home according to the GPS, yet my power pace got me there in 38 minutes!
Walking does a body good!