Make It A Habit To Walk It Off, You’ll Thank Me Later

When I decided I wanted to try every sport under the sun in the 7th grade, I found how uncoordinated I truly am. Enthusiastic? Sure. Naturally talented? Not so much. Needless to say, there were plenty of jammed thumbs, twisted ankles, and tweaked knees, amongst a plethora of bumps and bruises. A phrase that I heard often was "walk it off." 

As I've grown older, I have begun to realize the value of "walking it off" in many different areas. Have you ever experienced an emotion that needed...help to take care of? Maybe you were intensely angry, overwhelmingly sad, or just encompassed by what had gone on in your day. I've experienced a variety of intense emotions in this season of change, and the thing that has never failed to relieve a little pressure? A quick walk.

Some fresh air, a change of perspective, and a moment of time for me to be by myself works wonders. 

This is something that I truly believe every single person I pass on the street could benefit from. We're so so so busy -- how often do we dart from point A to point B without so much looking up from our to-do list?  

I often rush through my day without taking two seconds to breathe. I get up, shower, jump on a train, and as soon as my coffee hits my bloodstream, I’m in a full-on race to get my day underway. It’s intense. But there’s something I can count on to clear my head each day — my walk to and from the subway stop every morning. I could transfer trains about halfway through my commute, saving me ten minutes and cutting my walk down to three minutes. But I much prefer staying on the same train, forcing a 15-minute walk each morning and each afternoon. 

To many people, that’s inconvenient. What’s the point? Why take the local, slower train and add time for a walk? Even if it’s raining? What if it’s hot?  

Yup. Come wind and hail and straight-up frigid weather, or the sweat that’s bound to consume my entire being when July is in full swing, I’ll be walking. But why? 

Because that 15-minute helps me mentally prepare for the day, as well as mentally decompress. It’s my time to look up at the sky (hey, it’s hard to find in New York City) and be thankful for my home. It’s my time for myself.

I have grown to take this “walk it off” attitude very seriously — I’m the weirdo that will spend a Saturday “just walking around”...literally, I’ll wander around Brooklyn, Central Park, the Financial District, wherever strikes my fancy. My FitBit will be buzzing like a maniac as I stroll. I’ll literally spend days walking.  

Kind of nutty, right? 

Sure. 

But I come home from those days so refreshed, appreciative, and overjoyed with life.  

If you’re having a tough day, need a change of pace, or simply have some time on your hands, take a walk. Stroll. Look around. Smell the roses. You get the point. It’ll turn your day around, promise.