Aside from Rock Steady Boxing, walking is, and has always been, one of my favorite ways to exercise. I go for a one hour daily walk six days a week. I made this part of my morning routine. I stretch for fifteen minutes, get ready, and go for my walk around eight AM. Early morning walks are invigorating, especially during early cold winter days. It is usually pretty quiet, only few people walking their dogs and a few school kids waiting for the bus. It’s my time to focus on the day ahead, gather my thoughts, and now, think about what I’m going to write in my blog . Walking loosens up my legs, my feet, my arms, my back and my whole body. I feel great after my walks.
Here is what University of Florida Health (UF College of Medicine) said about waking:
“Walking is an excellent exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease. First and foremost, it gets you outside and in the community! Walking can also be a great group activity to do with friends and family, or maybe it is just an opportunity to get outside and get some fresh air. In order to get more benefits from walking, make it purposeful: walk with BIG arm swings, heel strikes, and an upright posture. Practice balancing on different terrains and surfaces, and maintain balance when obstacles obstruct your path during your walk. Walk with an intention, but walk safely.”