It’s no secret, I walk a lot! Back in August, I decided to challenge myself to walk and workout everyday for 2-weeks. I did it, felt amazing, and then I just kept going—with the walks at least!
I hate running, but walking? Bliss! It’s my me-time, my time to ground myself, get my head clear, de-stress and find some inner peace. Best of all, it doesn’t take a big chunk of my day and makes the biggest difference in how my day flows. It doesn’t have to be longer than 30 minutes and I come home a new, happier version of myself!
One thing I’ve noticed is how much less stressed and anxious I’ve been. It’s crazy that giving myself just a short amount of time, ideally without my phone, can make such a huge impact on my mental health. Like many of you, I’ve been feeling especially overwhelmed with everything happening in the world, especially because it feels like as soon as we see the light, more bad news drops. Prioritizing my mental health has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself as of late.
My mornings typically look something like this…get the kids up, make breakfast for them and smoothies for Rob and I. Then we get them dressed, lunches made, sunscreened and one of us, usually me, takes them to school. When I get back, I like to make a coffee, answer some emails and do my daily check-in on my business. Then, I hop into workout clothes, my favorite sneakers and head out the door.
My All-Time Favorite Walking Shoes
I always wear my Allbirds sneakers. For summer, I bought a pair of their Tree Runners which are more breathable and lightweight, and for fall and winter, I love the Wool Runners for a little bit of extra warmth. I thought about trying out a different sneaker brand, but figured, why fix what isn’t broken? I love these shoes, they’re a great price, sustainable, comfortable, don’t require any break-in time and I can toss them in the wash when they get dirty!
Allbirds Runners Sneakers
I aim to get in at least a 30 minute walk, but more often it ends up being 40-45 minutes which I love. No, it’s not super intense. However, a doctor once told me that 30 minutes of brisk walking each day is one of the best things you can do for your body!
I’m a big believer in that creating small habits leads to big change. So, this small habit has made a massive impact on my mental and physical health! I don’t see myself stopping either. I just might have to get some different workout gear for winter to stay warm!
Do you enjoy walking? What practices do you have to help prioritize your mental health?