The idea is for people to take 30 minutes today to walk, starting them on the path to better heart health - and better health over all. As a person with diabetes, I'm at greater risk for heart disease so this program really caught my attention.
Last week, I blogged about my lack of exercise and my plan to do something about it. I'm starting slow, with just 20 minutes a day. It may not sound like much, but my feeling is that at least it's something. I've walked every day except Sunday (when I got really lazy). So that's about 2 hours and 40 minutes and 6 miles more than I had been doing.
I realize that part of why my exercise regimes fail is that I push myself too hard too fast. Instead of celebrating the fact that I'm exercising at all, I berate myself for not exercising longer or pushing harder. It's not surprising that I burn out fast. This time, I'm learning to take it slow and steady. Just 20 minutes a day until the end of April. By then, it should be part of my routine and I can start increasing my time and adding some weights.
But today, for National Start! Walking Day, I'll push through and do 30 minutes. Will you join me?