Walks Challenge: Week #8
To Keep Moving Forward
though the Let’s Get Walking Challenge has ended…your
lifelong habit of walking has just begun. Use this as the
start to a lifelong commitment to walking and taking better
care of you. In the long run, small changes really do add
up and finding ways to make walking part of your daily routine
is the best strategy to success.
to challenge yourself by continuing to log your daily walking
activity time! Keep a close eye on your stretching and toning
techniques. Challenge yourself each week to track your progress.
time, you’ll begin to see and feel how these small
changes are improving your health, your energy level, your
weight and your outlook on life!
are a few ways to keep you tuned into your activity schedule:
Remember to have fun, and walk the way that works best for
Find ways to add variety to your routine. Anything you continue
to do over and over risks the potential of becoming routine
and boring. Find ways to vary your schedule, route, or your
routine to keep it interesting and exciting.
With the Season!
As the seasons change each year, try to change your walking
to fit the new weather patterns. Do outdoor walking when
possible but find a comfortable and convenient indoor facility
that fits easily into your schedule.
Walk with someone else on an occasional basis, take your
dog, child, spouse or a friend along. Meet a co-worker over
lunch for a short walk.
Set a weekly goal for yourself as well as a long-term goal
and chart your progress along the way.
Whenever you meet a significant goal, reward yourself with
a day off, an evening out, a new pair of shoes or a new
audiotape or CD.
Let a Lapse Become a Relapse!
Everyone goes through periods when he or she isn’t
perfect or when they don’t feel up to their schedule.
Just don’t let a temporary lapse become a permanent
relapse back to a sedentary lifestyle. Examine what prompted
you to “throw in the towel” for that period of
time and find ways around that roadblock the next time.
yourself for completing the Let’s Get Walking Challenge!