Fitness Friday: Walk It Out

I regularly get asked about my fitness routine and how I got started on my current healthy living regime. I grew up as an athlete – Gymnastics followed by volleyball and springboard diving – So moving is my natural state of being. I start to feel mentally and physically “off” after about 24 hours out of the gym or off the trails.

But that doesn’t mean it was easy to get to where I am now. It doesn’t mean that it’s a simple, one-step process.

Being healthy is a way of life, it doesn’t mean squeezing in a workout when you have time, it means making movement a part of your daily life. Every day.

It may not be a quick fix, but you do need to start somewhere – So the question is, where is a good place to start?

Walking!

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Not only is this the most basic form of exercise for human beings, it’s also one of the best things you can do for your body. And bonus – It’s low intensity so it’s a great first step for those looking to get healthy AND a good way to easy back into your fitness regime post-injury or post-baby.

I’ve had a spinal injury since college and after a re injury and surgery two years ago – Walking and standing were the top suggestions from my surgeon. Before physical therapy or massages, I was asked to add walking to my daily routine.
Luckily I live in a walking friendly city. Given its size and how close everything I need is, walking is the most logical way to traverse SF.

I walk to work. To the grocery store. To events. To BART when I’m going to head to the outskirts or the airport. It’s all about breaking your Uber/taxi/driving habits and pulling out your flats.

So my challenge for you is this – How can YOU add a little bit of walking each day?

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