“Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
‘Ride,’ Pleasure said;
‘Walk,’ Joy replied.”
― W. H. Davies
“Caroline Bingley: Miss Elizabeth, let us take a turn about the room.
Caroline Bingley: It’s refreshing, is it not after sitting so long in one attitude?
Elizabeth Bennet: And it is a small kind of accomplishment, I suppose.
Caroline Bingley: Will you not join us, Mr. Darcy?
Mr. Darcy: You can only have two motives, Caroline, and I would interfere with either.
Caroline Bingley: What can he mean?
Elizabeth Bennet: Our surest way of disappointing him will be to ask him nothing about it.
Caroline Bingley: But Do tell us, Mr. Darcy.
Mr. Darcy: Either you are in each other’s confidence and have secret affairs to discuss, or you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage by walking. If the first, I should get in your way. If the second, I can admire you much better from here.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“The sweet spot for exercise benefits, however, came among those who tripled the recommended level of exercise, working out moderately, mostly by walking, for 450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour per day. Those people were 39 percent less likely to die prematurely than people who never exercised.”
― National Cancer Institute and Harvard University, Among others… link to article here.
Hi BAMs! Ruth here, with June’s Workout Program, designed for Every. Single, BAM. No matter your level of fitness. Welcome to thirty days of walking, or #WalkThisWay!
I don’t know if it’s joy, physical & mental freedom, or increased exercise that makes me love walking, but it doesn’t really matter. I do love it. I love it with music and without, fast or slow, on a cold day or warm one. (But never humid, and only occasionally rainy.) It’s good for my soul.
For June, we First Ladies have chosen a program that will have you walking 10,000 steps by Day 30.
Don’t worry. It has three different levels – Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced – and you can spread your steps out over the course of the day. The idea is to get you moving every day to improve your heart health (not to mention your mental well-being.) The author has included some metrics to give you an idea how far the steps are, but if you have a wearable tracker (like a FitBit or Jawbone) or even a smart phone (download MyFitnessPal or any number of step and distance trackers), then it’s even easier.
So whether you get your steps by taking a turn about the living room like Elizabeth Bennett, or climb Ben Nevis like our own Rebecca Terrill and Di Colby have this year, GET MOVING. Get out there, slap on headphones or listen to the birds, what ever will get your tootsies travelling. Your heart wants you to, and so do we.
Here’s the link to the workout: #WalkThisWay
Your First Ladies (Linda, Ruth, and Sarah)