Seriously, this is the very easiest way to start your couch-reduced life. As a matter of fact, walking was what convinced me of the extreme value of exercise on my diabetes.
This is how easy it is to start… get out of your chair, walk to the front door, open the front door, pass through your front door, find a sidewalk or street that is safe to walk on, start walking, finish walking, go back to your front door, open your front door, pass through your front door, close your front door, now resume your seated position.
Walk for five minutes initially.
Make your walk enjoyable. Look around. Greet people. Look at the birds. Whatever you have to do to make your walk enjoyable, do it.
Studies show that even five minutes walking every day will confer healthy benefits on you. Obviously we want to get beyond the five minutes but we are working at ground level here and if I can get you out the door and walking for five minutes, then this is a victory.
Mark Twain once said, “The secret of success is getting started.”
Thomas Jefferson said, “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”
I love both of these quotes because taking the first step is the toughest step and once you do it, making a habit of it is truly a super thing to do.
Please drop me a line when you (gasp) take that first step!