SELF-CARE ACT#50

walk to my office

CATEGORY

Physical

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TIME

25-30 minutes

BUDGET

Zero

Walking to the office (or to any other place you have to head to), is an easy, affordable and strong act of self-care.

It usually takes me about 25 minutes to walk from home to my local Starbucks if I go the longest route.

25 minutes is 5 minutes below the daily minimum time recommended by major associations to maintain a good level of physical health.

 

On weekdays, I usually walk to pick up Duderina from school but I use the car the rest of the time.

That’s why yesterday was a perfect day. It was Sunday. And I was on my own.

It’s easy in Bethesda to walk from point A to point B. We have nice, even sidewalks. We are respected pedestrians.

We can even walk to DC if we want, as there is the Bethesda trail that leads directly to the beautiful Georgetown neighborhood.

I know its not as easy in other places where the environment is less safe or pleasant but the idea here is to favor exercise over other forms of modern devices, whenever you can.

You can replace walking by climbing stairs. And if your office is on the 20th floor, you can climb to the 10th and use the elevator for the remaining floors.

I’ve been walking to my office each time I got a chance for years, even when I lived in Wild Casablanca.

I have one advice for you guys: to maximize your mental and physical comfort, you need to be prepared.

Here is how:

– Your shoes: if you’re wearing the wrong shoes, walking can easily turn to torture. Make sure to wear comfy and non slippery shoes, adapted to the weather (whatever it is). You can put your fancy ones in your bag if needed.

– Your bag: I personally like having backpacks. It’s better for my spine. For me, it’s also the safest option. When I carry a backpack, people usually think I don’t have valuable items on me. I’m less likely to be mugged. And if needed, I’m always ready to run (and keeps my stuff.)

– Your clothes: it is very unpleasant to walk when you’re too cold or too hot. I always make sure to sure to wear the appropriate clothes for the season, using layers if I need to.

Here is finally one last thing I do to get the most benefits of my walks:

– I try to use them as an opportunity to practice active meditation: I look around with wide eyes. I pay attention to the sounds around me, to the light, the temperature. I feel the wind on my face …

When I get to the office, I will feel energized, peaceful, and ready to work.

Sometimes, like yesterday, I also have the awareness to wonder what I’m doing there on a Sunday

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WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Introducing small healthy habits to your daily routine is a painless way to maintain an overall level of good health. Walking to your office, your grocery store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator are good examples of healthy habits to introduce to your routine.

MORE ABOUT THIS

My friends, when I wrote this act of self-care, I gave all the tips in the post (on your left). As a result, I have nothing to share here.

So why not give you a riddle to think about when you’re walking?

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?

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