I ran a 5k …unprepared on Saturday, with an 8-year-old who was the energizer bunny!  I woke up this morning and could barely walk.  I will roll at lunch time, but for this morning, I got out and walked 3 miles.

I forgot how nice it feels to walk.  We haven’t been walking so much because of the 105 degree days.  This morning, I walked all by myself.   I took my I-Phone out and listened to my last IIN lecture and thought.  I am not often alone….my 8 year old granddaughter, her babysitter, my assistant, my husband …and who ever else, computer guys, sales guys…well, you get my drift.  Alone-ness is a rarity for me.

    1.  Here is a secret….you can meditate while you walk.

You don’t have to be sitting in a chair in a quiet room.  When I exercise, I am alone and I get good ideas and moments of clarity.

      2.  Endorphins are released.

By the time I get to my 1.5 mile marker a funny thing happens.  I start feeling energized and optimistic.  All those things floating around in my head are possible.

     3.  Duh….I just got my exercise in for the day.

It doesn’t take long to get 3 miles in.  If I run, 30 minutes gets me a good workout…If I walk…it is still only about 1 hour.  If I do both and turn it into HIIT..then, I get an excellent workout in.

    4.  Vitamin D.

If you do your walking outside and make it last at least 20 minutes, you get your daily infusion of vitamin D and can skip those little gel caps.

    5.  Time to learn.

This is one of my favorite parts of taking a walk.  Taking along my I-phone and listening to lectures.  I look forward to learning and my mind opens up with the endorphins to take in so much more of what I am hearing.

    6.  Bonus…my body feels better!

While I was walking, thinking, feeling clarity, feeling happy, getting cardiovascular exercise and sunshine; my body started stretching and feeling better!

So, I am resolving to get up every morning for the next 31 days and getting my walk in before 7 a.m..  That way I will get my exercise in, become inspired and start my days off right!

Happy Monday!



  1. Debbie

    Thank you for the reminder. When the temperature’s got over 100 this summer I quit exercising.

    • Cathy

      I know, it is easy to do that. Hot is hot. I feel some cool weather coming on.

  2. Susan

    This was really inspiring, Cathy. In fact, I’m already contemplating getting up early and going for a walk before the day begins. And I’m not a walker – usually! Or, at least, not an early morning walker. Like you, however, I do enjoy listening to interviews and audio seminars on my MP3 player when I’m on the move. Everything does feel ‘doable’ then.

  3. Cathy

    #7- Inspired! Thanks Rita.

  4. Cathy

    Yeah Susan! This is my favorite thing about blogging…when it makes a difference. Thanks.

  5. Lisa

    Cathy, I started a morning ritual (inspired by Eben’s Wake Up Productive) a week ago and part of that includes at least 30 min. of exercise. I’ve been using the Couch to 5K app and listening to a book on marketing. I LOVE that time to “read” a book that I hadn’t been getting to otherwise, AND it feels good each day knowing I got my exercise in. Love it!

  6. Cathy

    Glad to hear that Lisa! Good for you.

  7. Chef William

    What a great idea, 31 days to a better blog and a better body. I like to walk around 5 a.m. which is also about the time my puppy feels like he would like to be outside so I am going to follow your lead and go for a 31 day personal challenge. As for the vitamin D, I’m out there a little ahead of the Sun. But I do like the Endorphins. Thanks for the idea, I am sure I will get a couple of blogs out of the walks.

    • Cathy

      William, that is great! We can do this 31 day thing together! ~Cathy

  8. Denise

    I’m with you. I live for my daily walks/runs. I call it my moving meditation.

    • Cathy

      Brilliant! Moving meditation…that is a perfect description.


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