One of the intentions we've set for evōx Move is to help our viewers create exercise goals that are realistic and can be sustained. What do we mean by realistic? Let's say the New York City Marathon is going to be held a week from now and you decide that you want to enter. Unless you've been training for weeks, if not months, you probably won't be able to run the entire 42K. However, if you give yourself the time necessary to properly train and prepare, your goal is much more realistic.

If you don't get much exercise right now (and most of us don't), start out with baby steps. Start by walking. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking can "lower your LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol), raise your HDL (or "good" cholesterol), lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of, or manage type 2 diabetes, manage your weight, improve your mood [and help you] stay strong and fit." Not bad for something that's practically free and available to just about everyone.

Don't think you have to walk 5 miles the first time you set out. Just go down the block and back. Breathe. Be mindful of how your body feels. How is your posture? Are you careful about how your feet touch the ground? The next day, walk a little bit farther. Keep mindful of your body, but now pay attention to your surroundings. Enjoy the colors and beauty of nature. Becoming more present helps you make better decisions that are longer lasting than a ten minute walk. It can make you more present to other areas of your life as well.

As you progress, try walking in areas you don't normally go. I lived in my neighborhood for two years before realizing there was a walking trail across the street. It was a difficult hike, but it was an adventure and revealed a secret pond that I never knew existed.

Walking can not only improve your physical health, it can help calm the mind and expand your horizons.

Remember: always consult with your physician before starting any exercise regimen.


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