Are you still with me on #WalkOutWednesdays? Walk Out Wednesdays are days where Mom’s are walking out on their families for some ‘me’ time. Walking outdoors for a bit will not just benefit you and your health, but it will also benefit your family to have a Mom who is healthy and takes some time for herself.
I’ve continued using my fun little tool on my walks called the Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker. It is a small little tracker that I can just put in my pocket, in my purse or clip to my waistband. It keeps track of steps, aerobic steps, distance and calories. I just tap on the screen to see my progress, which is super fun and motivating! It without a doubt makes me want to just keep walking and go further than I normally would.
The Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker is also Bluetooth Smart. You can wirelessly sync your data to the Omron Fitness mobile app on your phone, where you can store months of data, view progress charts and graphs and set personal goals related to steps, miles and calories. It is super motivating to watch my daily, weekly and monthly progress!
Here are a few more things I do to make walking fun:
Music is a powerful thing. I switch mine up depending on the mood I am in. Lately I’ve had some down days, so the combination of uplifting music and getting my exercise walking outdoors has really helped my mood. I love listening to praise and worship music especially during the spring, where everything is new and blooming. I have a few different playlists to walk to, one of my favs being all 80’s music!
Podcasts are a great way to pass the time while walking. I love listening to podcasts that can further my business, as it makes me feel super productive to exercise and learn at the same time. I come home so inspired! I also love listening to the podcast of my pastor’s sermon if I happen to miss a Sunday at church. Yep…I have church while on my walk!
3. Pretty trails or neighborhoods
We live just a block or so from one of the most beautiful neighborhood areas in town. The houses are old, several roads are still the original paved with brick, and trees and landscaping are to die for. I feel so fortunate living so close to such beauty! When I’m in the mood to see water, I will hop in my car for a 5 minute drive to a nearby lake, which has trails that go all the way around it. There is something about the early morning sun shimmering off the lake. So beautiful!
4. With a friend!
This is my favorite way to walk. I have several friends that I meet with to walk. It used to be we would meet socially for coffee, but as I brainstormed more ways to get my 10,000 steps in a day, I started asking friends for a walking date instead of a coffee date. This has worked so well. I’ve met friends all over town, depending on where they live, which keeps the scenery new. I have a sweet friend who lives right by a rural trail, so we meet at her house, have a piece of toast (toast always tastes better when someone else makes it!) then off on our walk we go. I just love it! It is so fun to get my workout in and my girlfriend time in all at the same time!
How about you? Do you need some ‘me’ time? Is walking an exercise you think you would enjoy? Do you think it would be motivating to track your progress?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Omron. The opinions and text are all mine.