Every morning I (Frankie) walk 3 miles. Well, at this point it's almost a jog since I'm doing 4.4 mph, but that's not what this is about. I walk in the rain, snow, sleet or sunshine, hot or cold. It doesn't matter what the weather is, I walk.
I wasn't always this diligent with my walks. I started walking in 2013 to get some weight off and get my cholesterol down. I was pretty consistent for about 6 months and then I kind of just walked every now and then. I started back pretty regular in 2014, but that only lasted about 6 more months. Each time I started walking it was to help me lose weight, until this last time.
When I quit smoking last year I started walking more regularly. I wanted to lose some of the weight that I'd put on, but I really just needed to do something so I wouldn't go back to smoking. I found that walking didn't just help with my physical health, but it also had a huge positive impact on my mental health. I was calmer after my walks. I felt better emotionally. On the mornings I skipped my walks, not only did I wear out sooner in the day, I noticed I was usually in a bad mood.
A few months ago I started really noticing what was around me on my walks. I've always noticed the people. There are regulars that walk every morning the same time I do. They are my walker buddies. Now, I started noticing nature, the beauty of the park and most of all the animals.
In the pictures that go with this blog you'll see just a small part of that beauty. The trail that I've become so comfortable with that I could almost walk it blindfolded, the squirrel who sits on his perch like the King of the Park seemingly judging us each as we walk by, The Deer Family, who somehow inherently know they aren't in any danger here as they stop to pose for a picture for me. These are the things I notice and these are the things that help me conquer the day's stressors that are sure to come.
My suggestion to you is to take a few minutes every morning to go for a walk. You don't have to walk 4.4 mph, but get out and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Take time to notice people and nature. You'll not only be improving your physical health, but your mental health as well. Your body will thank you, your mind will thank you, and your day will run alot smoother. After all, #HealthMatters, even mental health.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.