Category: Exercise

How Walking Can be Therapeutic

Do you enjoy going for walks in your neighborhood or at a local park? Walking can be a therapeutic way to release everyday stress and tension. It can be meditative, and it can contribute to your physical wellbeing.

I have been making it a goal at the gym to walk and run at least 15 minutes a day, or at least 5 minutes on the elliptical (because it requires more energy than a treadmill). Aside from that, I try to walk around at home or when I’m out and about.

Is it too cold outside? You can also try walking on a treadmill, either by purchasing one or heading to a local gym and signing up for a membership. You can also make it a challenge, bundling up and facing the cold first thing in a morning. It can be a refreshing way of waking up and starting your day.

Nowadays, many Americans are used to driving, and so they do not get enough basic physical exercise. If you own a car, you can try parking farther from your destination to get in some extra walking.

When you walk, you can focus on your posture and your stance. You can also pay more attention to your surroundings, taking in the slight chaos mixed in with the beauty. You can also enjoy nature if you go for walks such as in the park.

Some people like to wear headphones when they’re out, to block off distractions or random conversations with people on the streets. You can choose to listen to music, or listen to nothing at all. Just wearing headphones is enough to block off communication if that’s not what you’re interested in.

Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for long distances. You don’t want to end up with foot cramps or pain from wearing non-athletic shoes.

When you are walking, you can also clear up your mind. Breathe in the fresh air. Notice any movements around you. Tune into the sounds around you. Take in the scenery and enjoy the moment. Appreciate that your legs are able to move the way they move. Be grateful that your body is functioning well enough to walk. (;

Exercising Daily on Weekdays

After months of being inactive (aside from maybe walking), I made it a goal to hit the gym every day on the weekdays. I started off by hitting the gym three times a week. Last week, I only went to the gym twice. However, I made up for it by hitting the gym three times this week so far, and I plan on going to the gym again today. I give myself a break from going on the weekends. And so far, this has been working out well for me.

Next week, I would like to hit the gym every day from Monday through Friday. I usually hit the gym with one of my parents. My mother has been going, and it serves as extra motivation for me to see her working out so hard.

Currently, I’m working to build up strength. I run, but I have trouble running long distances. So what I do is I walk for a minute, then run for a minute and fifteen seconds, and then when my legs are feeling quite tired or my feet are a little hurt, I walk or set it up to a higher speed to power walk. I walk/run for 15-20 minutes total. I enjoy using the weight machines too. For example, I do leg presses, arm lifts, and tricep presses. I also like using dumbbells and doing lunges.

There are some classes, though I’ve only attended one since the classes tend to be later in the day. The pilates class was difficult for me, but I tried my best to power through it. There is a zumba class, but it is for 60 minutes long and tends to be later in the evening, around 7:00PM. That’s quite late for me as that is when I tend to have dinner and wind down for the day with a warm shower. However, I am interested in attending zumba or taking some kind of dance class (maybe hip-hop or K-pop).

I’m thinking about adding pushups to my workout routines. I also want to run longer distances, so I’m pushing myself gradually to work up that way. It is my goal to run for a total of 10 minutes straight. I also have the goals of doing 30 pushups consecutively and to do a 2-minute plank. Additionally, I have a goal of reaching my target weight of 120 lbs. So far, I’m doing good. I gained a lot of weight this past winter, my highest peak weight being 132 lbs. But this morning when I checked, I was 122 lbs. So that is great progress. I hope to continue losing weight until I reach my target weight, maybe even a little more so that I can have a slim tummy.