When is the last time you went for a walk? Not a quick walk around Target or to run into the grocery store but a true purposeful walk.
The majority of individuals now work at desk jobs, commute to work in cars and focus upon activities such as watching tv. As a result of the lack of activities that involve movement, The World Health Organization estimates that 95 % of the world’s adult population is inactive and fail to meet the minimal recommendations of 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity five times per week.
One does not have to be an athlete to benefit from walking. Our Fitbits encourage us to reach 10,000 steps a day but many of us reguarly fall short (raising hand). As many find themselves chained to desks during the day, another way to consider moving is to attempt 250 steps per hour.
There has likely been an experience in your life when you have been stressed and overwhelmed and someone suggested taking a walk. After this quick walk, the situation likely felt different.
Walking 30 minutes per day can do the following:
- Strengthen the heart
- Lowers disease risk of breast and colon cancer
- Help lose weight
- Can prevent dementia
- Tone legs, arms and ab muscles
- Provide and create energy
- Boost happiness
- Boost Vitamin D levels
- Increase creativity
- Increases serotonin levels and raises endorphins
Walking in general is wonderful for your health but additional research is showing that walking outdoors is even better. Walking in green space can often create a meditative effect and can positively impact serious conditions such as depression. In fact, the Japanese practice of forest bathing has been clinically proven to lower cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, lower pulse and blood pressure and lower the sympathetic nervous system activity (this is the flight or fight response).
Walking has been extremely beneficial for me from a physical and emotional health perspective over the years. The summer of my Mom and Grandmother’s deaths, I met a friend often 2-4 times a week for an hour walk. Together we processed what was going on in our lives (she had left a job and was returning to school). Those morning walks grounded me. I physically felt better but was also processing and receiving socialization.
With my passion for the benefit for walking, I’m excited to announce a new life coaching option for those in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area.
Walk and Talk Coaching combines an hour of life coaching during a walk along a path or trail in the local area. Not only will there be the benefit of working with a life coach but also the benefit of physically walking. Walking can lead to quicker problem solving, creativity and those needed”ah-ha’ moments. It is my hope as a life coach to help my clients discover their strengths and build upon their dreams.
Who would benefit from walk and talk coaching sessions?
Anyone struggling with any of the following.
- Struggles and changes with health and wellness
- Personal life goals and decision making
- Balance in everyday life
- Career path
- Personal Growth
- A recent relocation or transition
- Your stage of life: recent graduate, newly married, divorce, retirement
- Managing stress and anxiety in your life
There are three Walk and Talk Coaching packages ranging from a single Talk It Out Session to the 5 session Finding Your Path Package. Each session will include a phone call assessment to discuss focus and issues and will include email contact with me afterwards.
I know the power and benefit of walking and look forward to adding this to my life coaching services. If you are interested in discussing Walk and Talk Coaching, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those not in the Central Kentucky area, I encourage you to discover the benefit of walking by getting outdoors today. If you use FitBit, let’s connect at email@example.com or leave your email below.