For the month of April I am participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. You can learn more about the challenge here:
My theme this year is KEEP MOVING FORWARD
All of us, no matter who we are or where we come from will experience different levels of disappointment and loss at some point in our lives. Whether it is a rejection letter, we didn’t get chosen for a job we wanted, a relationship ended or a close loved one passed away it is painful. The ways in which we deal with our disappointments and losses can be as different as we all are. Each one of us feels some level of grief every single day of our lives. If we cannot find our car keys we become angry, we deny that the keys are lost or that we had anything to do with them being lost, we panic, we bargain with God or the universe or pray to Saint Anthony and finally we accept that we need to stop, clear our heads and accept that we misplaced our keys and we need to find them. When we lose a love one we have all of those same feelings of grief, greatly compounded. Our lives are turned upside down and the world stops. Some of us find it difficult to move on. We struggle to return to ‘normal’ not realizing that we are forever changed and will never return to what was once ‘normal.’ We must find a way to move forward and adapt to a new ‘normal.’ For many of us that is easier said than done. We find ourselves needing a lot of help.
When we are stuck for whatever reason, depression, grief or just feeling down, one of the quickest, easiest and natural ways to feel better and to get us Moving Forward is to take a walk.
Researchers have discovered that daily walking not only releases dopamine (a natural anti-depressant) it can also trigger an anti-aging process and repair old DNA. This simple movement can actually add three to seven years to your life.
Twenty-minutes of putting one foot in front of the other, is all it takes. Imagine that.
There is more good news. Walking can also lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and may retard the onset of dementia!
So many of us sit for hours a day and no amount of walking or other exercise can counteract the effects of so much sitting but if you get up and move for two-minutes an hour, the better off you will be.
No prescription needed, no cost involved, it is low impact. Just get up and Keep Moving Forward!