While the sun seems to be ducking in and out behind a layer of clouds today, at least there's little chance of rain…so after a few days of fairly consistent downpours, I'm going to take a nice long walk with my dog. She's got cabin fever! (While I'm getting all meteorological: Not to complain, but would it be too much to ask for temperatures over 45/50 degrees now that it's the SECOND week in April??? With the wind gusts, some temps today are in the 30s! I'm STILL in my big, puffy, down-filled coat!)
Regardless, what better day to put one foot in front of the other—since it's also the kick-off the joint effort between the American Heart Association and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) called National Start Walking Day. Today, April 8th, marks the beginning of their program to encourage people to walk at least 30 minutes every day, which includes really useful, cool tools for tracking your progress and mileage, community support so you can interact with other people who are also trying to stay fit and motivated, and even down-loadable walking plans in your area.
Oh, and don't forget the best part: if finding a 30-minute stretch every day doesn't work for you, you can still get the same cardio and calorie-burn benefits by breaking your walks into three ten-minute spurts.
And if you are feeling short on inspiration, not just time, how about this rhyming quip that nearly always gets me out the door to do SOMETHING active, whether it's walk or run: "I've never regretted going for a run, but I have regretted skipping one."