Walking with Friends

You know the old adage, “…can’t walk and chew gum at the same time”. It’s usually used to describe someone who is uncoordinated.

And then there’s the walking test of being able to talk while walking as an indicator of fitness. The other option is breathlessness.

Well, today I walked. For 3 miles. Forty-five minutes. Sans bubble gum. And talked the entire way.

That’s right, I walked and talked. I was walking with friends, something I have rarely done. And we talked the entire 45 minutes. I also found myself slightly breathless at times, breathing through my words.

And I’m going to do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day…because it was good for me.

Walking with friends this morning cleared my head, connected me with others, forced fresh air and sunlight on my normally sedentary, indoor-officed body, improved my posture (as well as my outlook on life) and increased muscle strength.

And beyond those amazing results, I found 5 more unexpected benefits from walking just 15 minutes: I hope you enjoy this article from the Harvard Medical School.

If you’re suffering from disappointment, depression, grief, anxiety, stress…go for a walk. And go with friends for the extra benefit of social connection!

Jean Krisle is a nationally licensed recovery coach and life coach. Jean is also a sought after speaker and trainer. For more information, visit jeankrisle.com.

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