Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day may improve your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and help stave off stress. If you have already been able to incorporate more walking into your daily routine – or if you walk the Monday Mile every week – you’re already on a great path to getting more physical activity and fighting the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle.
Flow State, also known as “being in the zone,” is a state of consciousness identified by psychologist Mihalyi Csziksentmihalyi in which someone achieves an optimal performance by funneling all their concentration and focus into an activity. While in Flow State, he says, a person can feel "strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious, and at the peak of their abilities." This can be applied to anything from a friendly conversation to creative expression, but finding flow is especially beneficial to physical fitness.
Even if you’re getting on in years, it’s never too late to start a new fitness routine. If you’re stumped on what to do, try something that won’t require any expensive equipment or a gym membership: running! If you were to start a running regimen this Monday and stick with it, you could extend your life a few extra years.