My favorite part of my day is my daily walk with Cooper and I don't let the cold weather stop me. If the temperature is at least in the teens, I bundle up, with my boots, earmuffs, scarf and warm layers to face the elements. If you have made a commitment to exercise this year, walking is the perfect way to start.
When I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I knew that exercise would play a big role in taking back my health. I don't enjoy the gym, so that wasn't the answer for me. My doctor recommended walking for 30 minutes, at least 5 days per week. I have always enjoyed walking, but never consistently, so this was a change and a commitment. The more I walked, the benefits became clear. I felt healthy, my mood became lighter after walking and I slowly and steadily began to lose weight.
To control my blood sugar at night, it is recommended that I walk later in the day, so I usually walk in the late afternoon. Cooper knows when it is time to go and she is my motivator and keeps me walking at a brisk pace with her boundless energy.
After two years of consistent walking, along with healthy eating, I have lost 30 pounds and have never felt healthier. I feel like I took my health back. Walking makes me happy - and that is a good thing :-)
To read other blog posts about my daily walks, go here.
Enjoy a healthy weekend!