Walking As Exercise: The Best Way To A Stress Resistant Heart

When people begin an exercise program, they often try to go from 0-100 all at one time.  You may think you need to go to the gym and run on the treadmill for 6 miles every day, but doing this may actually cause more harm than it does good.

Walking  Can Protect Your Heart From The Damaging Effects Of Stress

If you’ve been very sedentary and aren’t used to exercise, you may want to try one of the easiest methods of physical activity around. Walking is one of the most basic exercises that can really impact your heart health.

It’s a great type of exercise for people at any physical fitness level.  But if you’ve been spending most of your time on the couch, walking is probably the best exercise with which to start.

You may find that you can’t walk very far at first, and that’s okay.  You can gradually build up your distance. For walking, you don’t need a lot of special equipment and you don’t have to buy an expensive gym membership.

What Do You Need To Get Started?

All you need is a pair of good walking shoes and a place to walk.  For many people, that means opening the front door and walking in the neighborhood.  For others another location will be required for safety or weather restrictions.

But there are many places you can walk that don’t cost money.  Check with your local mall and see if they open the building for walking.  Many shopping malls have groups that walk there in the morning.

It offers a safe place for you to walk that’s not exposed to elements of cold, rain, and snow.  Local schools and colleges also have tracks that are often open to the public.  Your local park may also have walking trails that you can use.

Enlist A Walking Buddy

When you’re starting a new routine, it often helps to enlist a buddy.  Walking with someone can help motivate you to keep up your program and it also can provide safety if one of you becomes injured.  Walking with a partner can also keep would-be predators at bay if you’re walking in a public area.

You can start your walking program by walking around the block one or two times.  As you walk, you’ll gradually get in better physical shape.  You’ll then be able to increase the amount of distance you walk.  You may also be able to walk faster and faster as you go.

Walking as exercise is effective and almost anyone can do it at any age and physical fitness level.  However, you should check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

 

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About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

Comments

  1. Totally true! Maybe they should change the saying to “A walk a day keeps the doctor away.”

    • Trish Hope says:

      When the weather is too damp here in the winter for walking,I run the stairs in my condo

  2. Sarah Hayes says:

    having a walking partner is really nice. it helps keeps me motivated which is really nice bc I def need the great benefits from walking like the reducing stress that this article mentioned!

  3. Anna Memphis says:

    I’m not much of a fitness person, but I did get a pedometer app on my iphone for when I plan on walking a given period of time — it’s amazing how far we humans travel without thinking about it.

  4. Sandie W says:

    I was between 3 and 5 miles each day at work. Is it better to do it all at once, or is this enough? I’m not sure that this is the stress reducing type of walking that you are referring to.

  5. Allyson Bossie says:

    I need to start walking again. I was up to a mile a day, but when the weather turned cold I quit walking. I really enjoy it, and as soon as it stops raining (it’s rained every day for 2 weeks here) I am going to start again

    • Darlene says:

      The rain sometimes interrupt my walking routine too. I Plan to buy a good rain coat so that I can head out for a good walk even when its raining.

  6. Robin O says:

    I definitely agree that walking is the easiest way to get started with exercise–and the easiest regimen to stick with. I like other healthy activities as well, but walking is great!

  7. sarah sar says:

    People think walking doesn’t do anything but the benefits are immense! I try to walk to work as much as I can and I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels.

  8. Angie @ Losing It and Loving It says:

    Agreed. Walking is one of the best and safest forms of exercise. We just started walking with a friend this weekend and plan to go every weekend through the summer. I normally workout at home by spinning, treadmill, etc. but walking at local forest preserves is so much fun and a nice break from the home gym.

  9. walking buddies definitely keep you accountable

  10. Megan Cromes says:

    i love this article very informative ty;)

  11. Paula V says:

    I love what you say that most people feel we must go from 0-100. That is a sure fire way to also get burnt out quickly. Just some shoes and the road underneath your feet…
    :-)

  12. Deborah D says:

    Walking is a great way to start exercising. It will ultimately help your body ease into more difficult forms of exercise. For example jogging. This is excellent advice.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Taking it slow and working up to your goal is the way to go. :) I used to take long daily walks, a mile or more, but I fell out of the habit. Lately I’ve added a short walk around the block back into my routine. It’s a step in the right direction!

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I know what you mean. I used to indulge in LONG walks on the weekends, but my schedule does not allow that anymore. I really need to get back into that habit, but for now I do what I can. A short walk is better than no walk at all.

  14. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    This is one activity that I enjoy doing. I am always walking my dogs to get them their exercise, and I know that it helps me too. I also walk when things get to hectic, it does help me with my stress and its easy to do.

  15. laurie damrose says:

    I always take a walk in the morning,I love it!

  16. karen campanaro says:

    Walking is a great way to stay fit. I had a back injury and walking is the only thing I can do so far.

  17. lynn mathieu says:

    i really need a walking friend,my friend that i use to walk with got into a motorcycle accident 2yrs ago and she has not been the same,hurts when she walks now.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Lynn,
      Sorry to hear about your friend. A walking buddy can be really beneficial. Have you ever thought of enlisting a pet as your walking buddy? Dogs make GREAT walking companions!

  18. Thanks for the post. I completely agree – walking is the best, and it really helps with not just your heart but so many other things. It helps reduce stress, reduce cholesterol, diabetes, reduces weight on your knees, as well as your ankles and feet – the list is too long to tell, but it really helps to prevent so many things…

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Alison, Totally agree. Walking is one of the best all-around remedies I know. I try to encourage people to walk, young and old. Its one of the best ways to ensure optimal health and wellness. Let’s spread the word! :-)

  19. Maureen says:

    As the weather gets warmer walking after dinner is one of the favorite things my husband and I do.

  20. Linda Kinsman says:

    I agree. Walking is a great workout and it really boosts my energy.

  21. darlene bohannon says:

    i agree walking is an fun and easy way to exercise.

    oh,by the way i could not find a like button on amazon.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Darlene,
      Thanks for the comment. Just checked and noticed the like button is missing on Amazon. Not sure why. May be a glitch. Try checking back with Amazon a bit later.

      • rebeccabasset says:

        My Button is missing too!

        • Darlene says:

          Hmmm. Not sure why that button is not displaying. Trying using the “like” button on the author page instead! Click here to go to my author page and click the like button on the right. Hope that helps.

  22. Carolyn Colley says:

    I’ve always enjoyed walking, but now due to my health I can’t walk very much, I will be having hip replacements soon on both of my hips and hopefully I will be able to get back to my walking, it not only helps with stress but it helps with my weight too.

  23. kathy Hoag says:

    Walking is my favorite way to exercise and I just love the out doors like listening to the birds singing and the frogs croaking but I broke my ankle it now has 13 pieces of stainless steel in it that happened in November and I am just allowed to start stepping on it and going to therapy !!!

    • Darlene says:

      Oh dear, a broken ankle sounds pretty painful. You may need a lot of therapy before you can step on it normally again. Hang in there!

  24. Walking is great exercise.

  25. Maria Iemma says:

    I am going to take the plunge and start by walking 10 minutes a day – I am very much out of shape.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Maria,
      10 minutes a day is more than enough for starters, especially if you have been physically inactive for a while. Before you know it, you will be up to 15 minutes per day, then 20, then 30! The important thing is to listen to your body and not overdo it.

  26. Kate F. says:

    I need to find myself a walking buddy :)

  27. Jennifer Hall says:

    I walk with my dogs everyday and it’s nice

  28. walking is my favourite form of exercise – doesn’t even seem like excerise even though I’m working hard. thanks.

  29. Jill A. Collins says:

    I can totally relate to this book. My husband and I love to walk and we feel so much better both physically and emotionally when we can. Unfortunately, we live in a place where walking anywhere is impossible. We’ve even decided to sell our home after 20 years just so we can move closer to the beach where we will walk the coastline literally for hours each day. It is amazing how different we feel when we get to do this.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Jill,
      Sounds like a good idea. Selling your home after 20 years may seem a bit drastic, but if it brings you more peace and happiness than its well worth it. Send us pictures of your new home!

  30. Yoga could also help.

  31. I love walking with my sweetie – we went to this nearby lake today and walked for about 45 minutes – it was nice and sunny, so we felt the exercise working. The fish were jumping, and it was just an all-around nice day to enjoy a walk.

  32. I prefer walking over any other exercise simply because it gives me time to cool down if I am stressing out without adding additional stress.

  33. Sherry Altoft says:

    With my disability, it’s hard for me to walk, though I used to love going for walks and hikes :)

  34. Yes walking is a good exercise. I used to walk a lot due to having no vehicle and I liked to walk but now being older and trouble with my knees I cant do as much as I would like to . If I do I have to take it slow . I used to walk every day with my grandson. He loved it too.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Ann,
      Thanks for commenting. Without a vehicle, walking becomes an absolute must. As we get older, we will indeed have to adjust what we do and how much we do. But even a slow walk around the block is better than no walking/physical movement at all. Walking with your grandson sounds great. Gives you time to bond PLUS breathe in fresh, clean air!

  35. Daraya says:

    I just adopted a dog and I’m hoping that walking every day will help me stay fit and loose a few pounds! :)

    • Darlene says:

      Walking with your pet is a great idea. It’s a great way to stay fit and relieve stress. Pets make great exercise companions, especially dogs. So make sure to head out as often as you can for a walk with your four-legged friend!

  36. Clifford says:

    Walking is so underated as a way to get some exercise into our lives. I started walking over a year ago, just 20 minutes a day after work and now I walk for almost an hour each day. I’ve lost some weight, still have more to go but hey it’s a start and it all began with walking.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Clifford, Good for you! One hour per day walking is truly wonderful. You are so right about the importance of starting small. 15-20 minutes per day is great for starting out. Withing 4-6 weeks it becomes part of your routine and will only grow as you feel and see the benefits of walking. Keep it up! :-)

  37. I’m planning a wedding right now so I’m very stressed out! Walking would do me good I think! If only I wasn’t on crutches :/

  38. Kathaleen Petelle says:

    Wish I could walk to relieve stress but I am waiting for 2 knee replacements once I have them there will be no stopping me!

  39. Stefanie says:

    Great tips! Walking is a great way to get exercise and relieve stress. I like going for a brisk walk when I feel stressed to calm down.

  40. Lisa Brown says:

    Yes, walking is great. I try to get as much in as I can, it really is an inexpensive stress reducer.

  41. I run between 25 and 35 miles a week. When my legs get tired or sore during a run, I take walking breaks to regain strength. I love getting outside and into the fresh air!

  42. Julie Dickerson says:

    I use my dogs as motivation to walk. They love it, and so do I! Also, I live near a college campus, so I love to go walking there, and to people watch.

  43. Walking is my favorite form of exercise these days. I’m delighted that the weather is now nice enough to e enjoy long, brsk walks. My husband and I are retired now, and we go walking almost every day together, either in one of the great woodsy parks in our area or around the neighborhood, where we enjoy observing the local pussy cats.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Catherine, my mom is also retired and she enjoys long, brisk walks just as you do. Between regular brisk walks and babysitting her super active grandkids ( 2 years and 9 months), she is pretty fit. Thanks for sharing and for your comments.

  44. Pamela Halligan says:

    I learned the benefits of walking a long time ago. My father and I use to take relaxing neighborhood jaunts together. Add dogs in the mix, and it’s even better. Any physical activity really does the job. For extra stressful days, I enjoy kickboxing.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Pamela, Thanks for sharing. For extra stressful days I LOVE Zumba or step-aerobics. Followed by a long soothing aromatherapy bath! Kickboxing does sound GREAT too though. Great idea for getting all the frustration and tension out of your system.

  45. Gloria Walshver says:

    I try to walk a mile once a day with my husband instead of taking the bus.

  46. Stacey J. says:

    Walking is great. The fact that you don’t need a lot of expensive exercise equipment makes it even better. The mall is an excellent place to work out in the morning if possible.

    • Darlene says:

      HI Stacy,
      I prefer to walk outdoors, but I have seen lots of folks working out in malls. Never tried it myself, but just walking store to store on a shopping spree could be seen as “walking” and exercising too, couldn’t it? :-)

  47. cortney walls says:

    This is great, when I started walking it was only 3 days a week for 30 mins. Now I walk 6 days a week for an hour, and I feel geat

    • Darlene says:

      Good for you Cortney! I have slackened off a bit because of my hectic work and travel schedule. But I already made a promise to get back on track. You really do feel GREAT when you start the day off with a good walk. You know you’ve done something good for yourself, and that’s a great feeling.

  48. I love walking. It’s an easy and relaxing way for me to exercise, and it is a good reason to make myself go places with my dog.

  49. Just downloaded a pedomoter app on my phone 2 days ago to incorporate this into my walking/stop smoking plan. I am excited to take care of myself, health and mind and make my last half of life so much better!

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Sherry,
      I feel the same way as you do about making the second half of my life much (MUCH) better than the first half. Much of that depends on ME. Its up to me to take care of myself, body, soul, mind and spirit. It really is up to all of us! Thanks for your comments.

  50. Yes yes yes, everyone needs to walk regularly. it is my best method for staying healthy and trim!

  51. melissa allen says:

    I try to walk as much as i can. I like to do it by myself so I can relax and think.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Melissa,
      I prefer to walk by myself too. It’s “sacred” time for me to just relax and think about where I want to be and what I need to do to get there.

  52. krystel says:

    i love walking i always walk about and half an hour in the summer because the heat help burn fat and it stimulates the brain and heart

  53. Deborah Grant says:

    Iam 64 years old and have lived in a nursing home for the past 4years. Stress is always with me and the best way to relax is to get out the walker and go for it.

  54. Sandra Dee Murphy says:

    walking with a friend is the best…makes the time go sooo much faster

  55. Kristen N. says:

    Interesting. I walk often, but my levels of stress have remained constant.

  56. rebeccabasset says:

    I am disabled so I don’t do much walking, but I used to take the stairs up to my office, and walk through the Mall every day. It is a great place to walk. Thanks for the information!

  57. Amanda says:

    I try to walk everyday.

  58. Kathy Lane says:

    Everything that you have said is so true.If the stress gets to me I always like to get out and walk.I would love to be able to walk more for my health.I have a bad knee and if I walk a lot it starts to act up.

    • Kathy Lane says:

      I could not find a like button on amazon,so I liked you as a author.Hope that counts.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Kathy,
      Make sure not to over do it when you walk. I have a friend with a bad knee as well, and she sometimes overdoes it. Walking is one of the ideal anti-stress remedies, but balance is important. Thanks for commenting.

  59. Sherry Compton says:

    Walking is very important. It’s good for your body and mind. It can relax you, help your health, and get you motivated. Finding a good spot in an area you’ll be comfortable in is important. Try to set up a routine and get a friend involved too. Walking with a friend passes the time, gives you both some talk time, and keeps you both going.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Sherry, I could not agree with you more. Walking is a very important and has many benefits. I like to change up my routes so as not to get bored. Walking regularly with a friend, spouse, colleague and even with a pet, is an awesome lifestyle improvement. Thanks for sharing.

  60. Courtney B says:

    We got a dog a few months ago, so we are out walking her every day. Before getting her, we didn’t get out and walk a lot. We have been amazed at how our stress levels have gone down and our relationships with our neighbors have improved greatly… Just from getting outside and walking! I think you make some good points here.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Courtney, walking is indeed AMAZING Stress Therapy. And YES, it can improve relationships too. What I also like is that walking forces me to “slow down” and enjoy nature too! Listening to the birds chirping as I walk, or enjoying beautiful gardens as I walk by are supremely therapeutic! Thanks for sharing about how walking has reduced your stress levels and improved your relationships with your neighbors. That is wonderful!

  61. Crystal Irvin says:

    I’m not much of an outside person, but I do make the effort to take my dog for a walk a couple of times a week. I know I should be doing it everday, and yes, I make all kinds of excuses but I have decided to stop with the excuses because where will the excuses be for me when I have more health issues than what I do now.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Crystal,

      Truth is, we all make excuses sometimes, yours truly ( me) included. But the neat thing is that once you start to walk, and you stick to it for 4-6 weeks, it becomes an automatic part of your routine that you look forward to. And when you think of all the health benefits of walking, that will motivate you to start walking. Try hard to stick to it for 4-6 weeks, and it really gets much easier after that! :-) Btw, walking with your dog a couple times a week counts too! So you already ARE walking!! You just need to make an effort to take it to the next level.

  62. I walk (and run) when I’m stressed about something and it really helps.

  63. Contessa says:

    Im currently training for the marines and im not in good shape but they make us run so much its crazy its all with the territory but the first paragraph gave me the idea to start off slow and work my way up to the 5miles they want. good advice.

  64. Margaret P. says:

    Since having back surgery, walking is the only exercise I can manage. I love that I can use that time to clear my head while I’m getting back on track to being healthy.

  65. Alot of great tips. Seems I’m always stressed can’t wait to try your advice

  66. Virginia says:

    I cannot walk any great distance but I can exercise in the hot water pool. My grown children and my 13 grandchildren walk, especially the one with 4 youngsters, one just over a year. She walks young Colin as often as possible with everything else she does!

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Virginia, Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Special kudos to your grown child who walks with 4 youngsters, one just over a year old. That is awesome! She sounds like a prime candidate for our “Queen For The Day” contest, which I am planning. I’ll announce the details in our newsletter. Stay tuned. :-)

  67. md kennedy says:

    I wish I could get my husband and mother to join me on my walks. There’s always one reason or another (granted they are both the same age): my knee hurts, my hip hurts…..they just won’t listen when I tell them if they walked some of their weight off these hurts would go away!

    • Darlene says:

      Thanks for your comment. You are absolutely correct. If your husband and mom would walk off some of the excess weight, a lot of the weight related problems would disappear. Perhaps they can start with just a friendly stroll around the block? Or maybe just some leisurely strolls in the park? Maybe instead of inviting them to “go walking” you can try inviting them to go “people watching” around the block. That just may do the trick.

  68. Sharon C says:

    I walked first thing in the morning for years. It cleared my head and kept my weight down (which in itself reduced my stress).

    • Darlene says:

      I like walking first thing in the morning too. It really energizes me and sets the tone for the rest of the day. I went out this morning armed with an orange for energy and my camera for sites worth documenting along the way. Here is one great shot worth sharing…this friendly fellow greeted and cheered me on. Friendly Fellow On My Walking Route

  69. Walking is great,yes. The knees start to hurt if I overdo it though.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Cari, that’s a good point. Balance is the key in everything, including walking. So it’s important to listen to your body and never overdo it. Thanks for commenting.

  70. DANIELLE WILLIAMS says:

    I really need to start walking more! Not just for stress but also for my health :)

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Danielle, thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Today is as good as any day to get started with a walking routine. The health benefits of walking are too numerous to mention and are all well documented. So get started. If 5 to 10 minutes is all you can afford for today, that’s good enough. Just do it! :-)

  71. Stephanie L. says:

    My daughter and I are constantly walking everywhere and anywhere, to the park, to the store… anywhere we can, we do. Every time I open the garage door, my kids ask, “can we walk?” instead of driving. I love that they love to walk.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Stephanie, That’s wonderful that your kids enjoy walking. There is so much to see and do while walking to the store. Just make sure you have enough hands to bring the purchased goods back home! I went walking to the grocery store once, and ended up buying too much stuff for the walk back home. :-) Thanks for stopping by and for sharing.

  72. Sandra Beeman says:

    I walk seven days a week with our dog no less than two hours daily. I find this activity uplifting, stress reducing, weight controlling and muscle building. Works for me.

    • Darlene says:

      Two hours a day, seven days a week?? WOW! That is fantastic. I would love to work my way up to that level of discipline, endurance, and commitment. Right now, I am stable at 3 times per week, for about 30-45 minutes. And with my hectic work and travel schedule, that’s a REAL challenge. You are a true inspiration!

  73. Georgia Beckman says:

    I KNOW this is true & I just need to motivate myself to get up & S.T.A.R.T. And I always think I have to go from 0-100 on day one, lol. My goal right now is to become a hiker so I can hike the grand canyon. My reality right now is I spend most of my time on my gluteus maximus. Walking to the car is about all the walking I do. But I’m GOING TO START. I AM.

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Georgia,
      Start with a walk around your yard, or a walk around your block. That’s as good a start as any. Hiking can be lots of fun too, so that’s a great goal. Where I live there is lots of opportunity to hike, so perhaps I should make a goal to go hiking once per month too. Thanks for that idea!

  74. Kathleen says:

    I agree that walking is a GREAT way to get your exercise in. The problem for me is the motivation factor. I just can’t seem to find a way to just get out and DO IT. Maybe I am just lazy? IDK, it is too darn easy to stay in and get on the laptop. Once I’m on line the time gets away from me. It’s crazy how much time I really do spend on the computer. What, with blogs to read, Facebook to catch up, and don’t even get me started on Pinterest….

    • Darlene says:

      Kathleen… I hear ya! I am an email and SM nerd, addict, and I need to join email anonymous. LOL
      I was emailing with my boss today at 6:30 AM. He reminded me that its a Saturday morning and that I should relax! That’s when I decided to log off and go for a walk. It can be hard to find the motivation and the strength to pull yourself away from the laptop, but I promise you it will be well worth it. :-)

  75. nicole w says:

    I totally agree that walking is wonderful! It’s good for you no matter what physical level you may be at, and it helps you not just physically, but mentally! It helps me clear my mind and even when I’m not in the mood to really exercise, a short and brisk walk makes me feel better :)

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Nicole, I notice that when I am not in the mood to walk and I force myself to go, that I feel so much better after. Those “feel goof” hormones kick in quickly once you start walking. It’s just amazing how that works. Thanks for sharing.

  76. Walking really is the easiest and quickest way to start exercising. Now that I have a walking buddy – my 2 year old who loves stroller rides – I find that i am walking every day and for longer walks too!

  77. Sarah L says:

    I walk at least once around the lake (1mi). There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.

  78. Walking is amazing and very uplifting. My toddler LOVES going with me! I have to admit Adult conversation is good too… 😉

    • Darlene says:

      Kids do seem to LOVE anything outdoorsy…I see some moms in my neighborhood out power walking and pushing their toddlers in the strollers at the same time. Talk about a serious workout!

  79. I have definitely noticed a change in my stress levels when I exercise.

  80. I find even wheeling around in fresh air helps when I can’t do more

  81. Nancy Carr says:

    I need to get out and walk more. I have a back injury that is very painful. Any helpful suggestions are welcome.

    • Darlene says:

      With your back injury, you would need to be careful. Check with your doctor before starting any walking routine. Non-strenuous walks around the block may be best for starters.

  82. The Frugal Exerciser says:

    Walking does relieve stress and I like to walk with a 5% incline for 45 minutes on the treadmill during the winter.

  83. Walking is a great stress reliever for me and I enjoy seeing the neighborhood and talking with friends on a walk.

  84. Susan Broughton says:

    I think that that statement is very true. I have always heard that it would vary a little over the years but it would always come back to that same statement.

  85. Walking for stress relief is an excellent idea. I have been a walker for years, and I always feel better afterward!

  86. Wee Yi Xin says:

    Walking is definitely good if you don’t want to run or do any other strenuous sports, due to health reasons eg weak knees etc. Everyone should try to walk as it is better than being sedentary!

  87. pamela black says:

    happy mothers day may it be blessed not stressed !

  88. Shirley says:

    It’s the easiest exercise, without any need for special equipment. I should do it more.

  89. Colleen Schilinski says:

    I love walking and do alot of it everyday. I am lucky to live close to the ocean so I can walk along the beach almost every day if I chose. I am also lucky to have a pup that would go for walks with me every morning, every afternoon and every evening if she had it her way,

    • Darlene says:

      That sounds awesome. I live close to an ocean too, and I sometimes go for walks on the beach to sooth my mind and unwind after a hectic day.

  90. I am so stressed out that even exercise feels difficult

    • Darlene says:

      Sounds like you may be overwhelmed by stress. If so, you really do need to find ways to de-stress. Your health and overall well-being depends on it. Try going for a stroll around the block, inhaling deep breaths of fresh air as you go. That’s not really “exercise”, its more “relaxation”.

  91. carissa joslyn says:

    I guess I never really realized that if you aren’t used to exercising and then you go all out how it could effect you negatively. I’m trying to loose some baby weight, unfortunately i can’t really go for a walk as i live in a bad area, and being a single mom with two little kids.. I’d be a easy target & Don’t have the money for the gym. I guess I just need to find a happy medium 😀

    • Darlene says:

      Hi Carissa,
      If you live in a bad neighborhood, then you do need to be careful. Do you have stairs on your apartment building. You could simply climb those stairs for 10-15 minutes. That could count as “walking” too. Alternatively, you could just buy a Zumba DVD and dance the baby weight away! :-)

  92. Jennifer English says:

    Im on my feet most of the day at work but I’ve noticed doin a little extra walking when we’re not busy helps to relieve some stress and makes the day go a little faster.

  93. Jacqui Odell says:

    I always walk with my dog. My husband stays with the kids and that’s my only me time!

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