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Have you ever felt beyond stressed, so behind on your to-do list or simply stir crazy from being inside all day?
As a work-from-home mom, it’s easy for me to get lost in my own thoughts and experience those exact feelings. Once I reach this level of stress, it’s a recipe for disaster.
That’s when I definitely fail as a mom, wife, and friend. I am not present or engaged in anything. I freeze because I am overwhelmed.
Times like these are when I tell myself to “Go for a Walk.” Literally!
I force myself to stop what I am doing, quit overthinking and put on my tennis shoes for a walk with my family. Every time I come back from a walk, I feel better mentally, creatively and physically. The hardest part of walking is finding the motivation to get up and get going.
Seems too simple to be true, but walking, whether it’s by your self or with others, is beneficial to one’s well being in many ways.
5 Reasons to Go for a Walk Right Now with Your Family
Free of Distractions
In a world full of interruption and technology, walking outside forces you to step away from the distractions that are constantly stealing your attention. When we go walking, I notice the simple things in life that bring me the most joy. The wind blowing against my neighborhood’s beautiful trees, my daughter laughing as she speeds her bike through the neighborhood, or my dog simply smiling because we are doing what he loves to do most. Less distractions means more time to connect with one another.
Strengthens Your Relationships
It’s true. Once my husband comes home from work it can be pure chaos and a mad dash to get dinner on the table. However, when we pause to go on a walk we find ourselves enjoying each other’s company much more. We can talk about our day free of distractions. The fresh air calms us. We can push pause on the to-do’s that suck the life out of us. Most importantly, we can enjoy watching our kids and dog have fun which makes us happier as a result.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
I can’t tell you how many times we have made a new friend by simply going on a walk. We learn more about what is going on in the neighborhood (both good and bad) when we go outside. Raising children takes a village and when you don’t have close family nearby, making new friends and feeling connected with your community can be very helpful.
Health Benefits are Endless
We all know that walking is a great way to burn calories and lose weight. Did you know that exposure to Vitamin D is beneficial as well? Personally, I feel more energetic and creative when I come back from a brisk walk. It helps me fight any funks I might be going through. Walking is good for my body and soul.
It’s Free and Fun
Walking is budget-friendly because it’s FREE!
As a stay-at-home mom on a budget, I simply can’t afford a gym membership. With walking there are no contracts, memberships, or costly monthly fees. No feeling guilt about spending money on yet another bill.
Walking is convenient! I walk outside my front door and go! Granted, there are times we like a change of scenery and walk at a local park, but most of the time it’s nearby.
Most days, walking is fun! Each time we go walking something different happens. My child learns how to brake her bike, my dog decides to drag me down the street because he sees a rabbit. Okay, maybe being dragged by my crazy dog isn’t as fun, but it did get my heart rate up! My family keeps me on my toes.
It’s time for you to go for a walk and leave your worries behind to reconnect with your family. You would be surprised what fifteen minutes of walking can do for you!
On your next family walk, think about taking some refreshing Niagara Water with you to keep you and your family hydrated on those warm summer evenings.
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