Why Walk Every Morning
As an organizer coach, I write about routines, self care and productivity. As one who “walks the walk,” each morning I literally walk. I get up at the same time (another routine like walking) to make time to start each day with a walk. My morning is a productive and organized start to my day.
Morning is a glorious time of day.
The birds are singing and the sky is blue. I am grateful for the smell of wet grass. Being a morning person, this is when I do my best thinking about life, work, family and health. Taking a morning walk is the best start to my day. All the sights, sounds and smells remind me of all I am grateful for each day. My morning walk brings a smile to my face and starts the day off with jubilantly.
Setting my priorities
My health is a priority. I want to live a strong, healthy life. I have walked my neighborhood for nearly 30 years. With the emphasis on walking 10,000 steps a day, I typically get in 5,000 steps in the morning. It’s an easy way to boost my energy and strength. Not surprising, walking is a brain boost too. Research shows, “One year of walking increased functional connectivity between aspects of the frontal, posterior, and temporal cortices,” thereby reducing brain dysfunction in aging. Walking enhances brain health.
I walk alone or with a friend. I appreciate my time alone to reflect, find new perspectives and gather my thoughts. I reflect on many different goals, like connections with other, my work and When I walk with a friend, I assess, set new goals, and laugh at life. Sometimes I call a friend or catch up with a mastermind partner where we together help each other. You can reach your goal with support, whether the support is a team effort, a teacher, or a friend.
What is your morning like? Is it a chaotic rush to get out of the house? A crabby, frustrated start to the day? Here’s how to make your start to the day what you want it to be.
- Decide what makes your day “work.” That means, what gets you started and what gets you ready for a positive and productive day. Spiritual reading, practicing meditation, and doing yoga are all ideas that I frequently hear from friends and clients as how they WISH they started their days. Make a commitment to yourself to start your day in the best possible way.
- Set your bedtime and adhere to it. Too often the best morning is derailed by a late bedtime. Get in bed at a time that gives you ample rest to be ready to start your day refreshed.
- Commit to keeping a morning schedule that works for you.
- Set your goal and work out the steps and the process to make your goal happen.
- A productive and organized start to my day leads to a productive and organized day.
I look forward to my morning walk and feel like something is missing if my day starts without a walk. I know you will find that one thing that makes for your best start of your day too! You will find that a productive and organized start to your day makes a difference.