So I was reflecting on my first year of college at the University of Tampa in the fall 2005 semester, when I decided to fight against the dreaded "Freshman 15" and begin a walking regimen around the campus before my early morning classes. I was not overweight, but I did not want to gain weight. Plus, I wanted to take the time to explore the campus and become familiar with campus buildings and offices for future reference. The campus was in the heart of Downtown Tampa, and I made a point to arrive on campus an hour before class every morning (I commuted to school everyday) to walk. I found those walks to be peaceful, relaxing, and they set the tone for how my day was going to flow. In addition to these walks I had stopped drinking sodas and watched my portions, and by the end of the fall semester I had lost 23 pounds.
Fast forward to 2017. I had started my healthy lifestyle journey once again, and I missed those days when I would take my walks. I began to start walking again, this time along a fairly new trail in my neighborhood. The trail is about a mile when walking one lap. I started making it a routine to go walking when I get home from work in the afternoons, changing into comfortable clothing and packing water to keep myself hydrated. Walking has not only a physical benefit for my body, but an emotional one as well.
Walking has helped me in dealing with stress, stress that is often developed from work. It allows me to clear my head from the unnecessary mess when I walk as well as provide hope and optimism concerning my health and wellness goals. Walking reminds me that the stress that I may feel at work will hurt me if I allow it to. For me, walking is my form of escapism, even if it is for 20 minutes.
A few days ago I had recorded some statistics from one of my afternoon walks using an app on my phone. I wanted to know the exact length of the neighborhood trail as well as record how many steps I took and the number of calories that I had burned. I was right that the trail was a mile long going one lap, and learned that I walked almost 2,000 steps and burned 214 calories in just 20 minutes. This is what brings the hope and optimism. Although I am active at work, my afternoon walks boost up the activity levels, with the potential of reaching my health and wellness goals at a good pace.
So now I am walking for both my health and my peace, and I recommend it for anyone who wants to be more active and achieve a sense of serenity in their life. The way I see it, it is a win-win opportunity!