Surly Amy here with some simple advice. Life got ya down? Feeling blue? Bored? No car? Sick of the internet? Nothing on TV? Just beat that video game? Hate all the people around you? The solution to all of those problems might be as simple as taking a walk.
I know exercise is hard and not all of us can run marathons like our pals Elyse or Julia can, but sometimes just taking that first step is all you need to change your trajectory and start living a healthier and sometimes even a happier lifestyle. The simple act of walking in many cases can be better for you than running or other strenuous activities and at the very least it will help you get moving. And one thing us science nerds know, is that a body in motion is more likely to stay in motion.
Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.
..brisk walking can help you:
•Maintain a healthy weight
•Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
•Strengthen your bones
•Lift your mood
•Improve your balance and coordination
The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.
We all know that walking is certainly not a cure-all nor a quick-fix for anything, but it can be the first step towards something wonderful in your life and it can be a really great solution for someone who wants to start exercising but can’t afford a gym membership. Maybe you don’t know how to start exercising. Talking a walk can be that first step.
Want to know another great thing that taking a simple walk can do? It can literally change someone’s life by granting them a wish!
That’s right! Walking can be like magic!
There are many “walk for charity” events that one can get involved with throughout the year and one special event is happening next weekend in North Texas. Walk for Wishes is an event that raises funds to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions in North Texas and Mad Art Lab contributor Courtney Caldwell is getting off her couch to participate!
I asked Courtney to explain the event and tell us why she rose up to meet the challenge:
Walk for Wishes is a 5k walk/run that benefits the Make-A-Wish foundation, a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with a terminal illness. Walk for Wishes seemed like the perfect way to get involved in the local Dallas community while helping kids with terminal illnesses fulfill a dream. It’s also something that’s very much outside of my normal area of volunteer work & activism. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that’s probably because I’ve been truly fortunate to not have dealt with this kind of issue in my own life. This isn’t an issue that has impacted me on a personal level, and I want my charitable work to encompass as many walks of life as possible. I can’t even imagine what these families go through, and I’m honored to be a part of something that hopefully brings them a bit of happiness. I’m hoping that the money we raise will bring some light into these kids lives, while also allowing their families make some amazing memories . I’m also really excited to get to know other volunteers in the area, and hopefully find new ways to impact kids lives and the community as a whole.
So I know not everyone can walk, but Courtney can and is going to do so to help kids who are much less fortunate that her. Courtney is someone who has met my “Do Better Challenge” and I’m really proud of her.
Now, as of writing this post she has only raised $10 toward her $250 goal. Maybe you would rather stay home and play video games instead of going for a walk and that is totally understandable, but if you can, consider giving Courtney a pledge so she can help make a child’s wish come true.
Courtney’s Walk for Wishes funding page can be found here.
Painting of Chucks by me. © Amy Davis Roth