Stop me if this has happened to you before … You’re sitting at a desk working on a project and feeling incredibly frustrated, tired and in a mental block, thinking you may never finish the job at hand. Or … you’re laying on your couch feeling incredibly lazy and you just can’t decide how to change the tone of your bad day because you have no energy. Or … you’re staring at a full dishwasher, full sink of dishes, mess in the kitchen and a to-do list of 10-items long, and you just don’t know where to start to get your life in order. These things happen — to all of us — all of the time. That’s life.
I’ve got a simple solution for you today. While it can’t necessarily solve all of your problems, it can surely improve your frame of mind and your ability to handle whatever comes your way. Because perhaps the best way to conquer all of these situations above is to leave them behind and head outside for a walk. Yes, that’s right, just a little walk.
Walking outside is good for the mind, body and soul
Now that I don’t live in downtown San Francisco any longer, I don’t normally walk anywhere. And even though having a car certainly has its perks, I find that I miss a lot of that time outside-on-foot walking the streets of the City, because that time gave me plenty of fresh air and perspective. I typically made all of my decisions while walking. I talked to my Mom and caught up with friends while walking. I watched people around me hustling from one appointment to the next. I watched cars. I got my heart-rate up as I went up and down the inclines of my Nob Hill neighborhood. I changed my scenery and thus changed my mood. It never failed. It was a strange little dose of daily medicine.
Then things changed. I took a total and complete break from walking after first moving to the East Bay. Too much of a break in fact, so that I was driving every where and parking as close to the front door as possible. That left my transition time to just “think” out of the equation, because driving does not offer that same feeling as walking does. It left me feeling constantly “on-the-go.” Just when I knew it was time to add some walks back into my life, we brought home our little Rudy pup, and thus, the walking has gotten much more frequent. I love it. Rudy is a great reason to lace up my sneakers and get outside for a stroll. Multiple times-a-day.
Even if I’m in the middle of something, I know when Rudy has to go out, so we head outside — no matter the weather — and we both get some steps in. During those short moments outdoors, I try to soak up the fact that I’m not staring at a screen, and I try to refocus for the day. And there’s an added benefit to that walk if I take water or my beloved Naked Juice with me to liven up the experience even more and get some hydration and nutrition to boot.
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Change your day with a simple trip outside
What’s the point of this message today? I want you to know that every single day we all face moments of frustration. Moments of confusion. Moments of exhaustion. And sometimes, the best way to get through it, is to get outside, go for a walk and clear your head. And if you have a dog, they will sure appreciate it too.
My friends … on this fine day … take that afternoon break when your mind is telling you it needs it. Step away from it all and move your feet. You don’t have to go far, you don’t have to go fast, but go. I promise you’ll feel better. And if you’re thirsty, grab some water or a tasty and no-sugar added Naked Juice. End preach.Need a dose of energy? Stop what you're doing and get outside for a walk. #walk #fitness #freshair Click To Tweet
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Questions of the day
What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
When was the last time you went on a walk?
What’s your trick to improve your mood?