Sunday, April 22, 2012

Come Walk With Me - Week 8

My spring flowers are pretty when the sun sneaks out behind the big big clouds here...



Well, everybody knows I fell off the wagon. That is not a secret.  And unfortunately some of you came with me in the fall... I am sorry about that. The truth is, it can happen to anyone so what can we do now? Lets get back to walking!


Easter is over. The weather has been terrible, IS still terrible - I know. But we can still do it. Like I said when I started this - if we can only squeeze in 15 minutes a day, that is FANTASTIC! And that is absolutely better than NOTHING!

My goal for this week is a minimum 15 minutes a day, preferably 30 minutes a day. Because it is a little bit like starting all over and considering the weather reports I think this is a fair goal.
To inspire you a bit to put those walking shoes on I have collected an benefits of walking list below. Enjoy!

Short brisk walks helps to control your blood pressure.

Walking reduces the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer.

Walking strengthens your heart and can reduce the risk of a heart attack with 35%. This is if you walk a minimum of 3 hours or more a week on a regular basis. :D

Walking prevents Type 2 diabetes. Walking a minimum of 1 hour and 30 minutes in combination with loosing some of your extra kilos can reduce your risk of diabetes with approx 50%. :D
Walking releases endorphins and can help beat mild depression. Scientific studies shows that walking can be just as efficient as an antidepressant for mild depression. Do you get the blues this time of the year? Take a walk!

15 minutes of walking can reduce your sugar cravings. Are you craving chocolate or sweet treats? Take a walk!

When walking uphill you burn up to 30% more calories than walking on a flat and it helps toning your bottom and thighs. That is great! :)

Walking downhill helps toning your bottom and thighs as well.  This is even better. :D

After just one day of walking you have increased your metabolic rate and start burning more calories faster.
After a few weeks of walking your quality of sleep gets better. You sleep deeper and feel more rested in the morning.
After a few weeks of walking your immune system in general gets better. :D

Walking is proven to be one of the most efficient ways of getting a slim waist and narrow hips if that is what you wish for (at least I do wish for less love handles material...)

The list can go on of course. Just surf the Internet about walking and you can't help but feeling a NEED to get out there. I have to admit I have felt a bit fatigue and down lately and this might just be a result of me not getting my daily boost of fresh air, endorphins and blood flow. So come on girls. It is never to late. It is not over yet. Come Walk With Me again. Explore how nature is becoming a firework of flowers, leaf buds and green grass fields right now. Share it on your blog. This week I will share a walk from work because I am so lucky to have a teeny tiny forest close by that I usually walk through on my coffee breaks. So, see you later my friend. And don't forget to write down your minutes. And to report next Saturday if you can.



Kärlek
Annette




11 comments :

  1. Glad you're back on track again. I'll do the walk with you!

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  2. Like yourself I've been a little slack or shall we say distracted - that sounds nicer lol!
    I have managed walks here and there so it's not all gloom.
    However I feel on the ball again now and full of enthusiasm for the 15 mins walks and because I always find once I've been walking for 15 mins I'm ready to keep going I expect I shall do more!
    Have a lovely week!
    Love Henny x

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  3. I've started my walking as well. A bit at work on the treadmill on breaks and after work with my honey. I just blogged about it as well.
    http://crochetapy.blogspot.ca/2012/04/crochet-square-lovin.html

    Let's keep walking!

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  4. Anette, let's just start again :-)
    My husband competed in Ironman South Africa today. He's actually still on the road, I,m with the little ones in the hotel room, but expecting him within 20 min. Today I watched them struggle with a high swell in the sea, an amputee coming out of the ocean on crutches, fighting rain and winds of up to 60 km/h on their bikes - and some of the smaller athletes bailing because they were blown off their bikes.
    Then I think - I should get my lazy butt going - 15 min a day is NOTHING.

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    1. That is... GREAT! Reading this makes me so inspired to just do it. I totally agree. What the hell am I waiting for. Just get out there. 15 minutes IS nothing. Thanks Stel! :D
      Annette

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  5. Klart jag är med! det finns vál ingen som är sá övertygande som du:)
    dessutom ska du fá en TUt pá teckningstavlorna förhoppningsvis denna veckan.

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  6. Thank you for this post. I am in such need of a little exercise, and walking, as well as bike riding is just what I've been purposing to do. Makes me feel better just thinking about all the benefits!

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  7. Hi Annette!! YAY!! I really need to get out there and walk!! 15 minutes. I know I feel so much better when I am walking, but I need the motivation to kick in!
    On another note, I love your flowers and the lace curtains in your windows. So lovely :) xoxo Debbie

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  8. I will start as well today - walking to the post office a few times will do it :) as I have about 20 parcels to get on the way! Enjoy to get back into the walking habit!
    Have a great week! Simone

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  9. Hi Annette, Glad you have come back!!!
    I would love to join you.:)

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  10. You are such an inspiration! :0)
    ps. And your flowers are very pretty.

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Kärlek
Annette

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