April is Move More Month, and this Monday is a great time to get in gear! Walking is one of the best exercises you can do for a variety of reasons. Use this Monday to kick-start your walking routine then use every Monday to move towards a healthier lifestyle.
Benefits of walking a Monday Mile
Walking is an excellent low-impact exercise that builds muscles, improves cardiovascular health, and helps to manage your weight. It’s also a great way to relieve stress and clear your head. Getting into the routine of walking a mile every Monday is a great way to work towards the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day. You don’t even have to treat it as a fitness activity – you can walk as a moving meditation practice, use it as a reason to get away from your desk, or invite friends along and turn it into a social gathering!
There are two ways to do a Monday Mile for Move More Month: solo or with a group. Both ways have their own benefits.
If you want to burn some calories while getting some “me-time,” taking a walk is one of the best things you can do. If you’re walking in a safe, low-traffic area like a park or racing track, you can listen to a podcast or music while taking your walk. You can also scout a fun new route in your neighborhood or town depending on your mood. Maybe you want the challenge of a hilly terrain, or maybe you want to take in some scenery. When it’s only you, it’s your choice to make!
Walking with others or starting a walking group can help to keep you accountable while providing a great opportunity to connect with people. There’s also safety in numbers when you’re walking in a busy area like city sidewalks or near bike paths. Walking with a group is also a good way to give each other support and push yourselves to walk a little bit further and faster. You could be having such a good time that you do more than one Monday Mile!
If you want to start a walking group, there are a few different and simple ways to do it. After finding the perfect route spread the word that you’re starting up a walking group and decide on a meeting place. Don’t forget to make it competitive! Seek out a walking app that everyone can download so you can keep track of how much you all walk.
Move More Month is a great chance to kickstart a new, healthy walking routine. Use this Monday to plan your walk and then make time to walk a Monday Mile every week!