Happy New Year!  Walk your Way to a Healthy 2018 

BY:  Joella Baker 

Every year I try to write an inspiring article to help you start the New Year off on the right track. We all want 2018 to be a great one for ourselves and our families. It isn’t easy to make the changes we need to.  We want to be healthier, we want to look better and we want to offer our families everything we can to support them and make them happy too.   

In reality, it’s a lot of pressure. New Year’s resolutions often fail. Changes we try to make become difficult and more like a job than a way to make our lives better and more complete. It’s simply not easy to make a resolution and stick to it. It’s like anything that’s worthwhile in life, it takes work.   

Think about it, we work at our jobs, at our marriages, at our families, and at our homes. Adding something else that seems like work isn’t appealing to anyone. However, if you have health problems—high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar—or if you smoke and you want to quit, it will take some work on your part to change.   

Over the years, I’ve seen so many people change their lives by adding one simple thing to their lives. Walking! I have personally seen people lose a lot of weight, lower their cholesterol and blood pressure and simply get healthier by adding walking to their daily lives.   

How can you walk your way to a healthy 2018? 

  • First, choose a route that equals one mile and start that each day. If 1 mile is too far, start with a quarter or half mile, or simply walk up and down your driveway to start. 
  • Every week, add in a hill or a little further distance. I suggest adding an eighth or quarter mile.  
  • Start adding in some faster steps. Perhaps you can walk to a mail box easily. Pick up your pace to the next mailbox and continue that through the entire workout. 
  • Then, add in additional steps by walking at your kids’ practices, walking during your lunch time at work, parking further away from the entrance to work or a store, or taking your dog for a walk. 
  • You can also walk in your house. Once a week, walk the stairs in your house five times or 10 times. 
  • How do you stay motivated? Get a Fitbit or a Garmin Vivofit or some type of pedometer. Track your steps. If your current goal is 10,000 steps, then each month, add 500 steps to your goal.  
  • Find a friend to meet. If you have someone to meet, you won’t skip your steps.   
  • Make it fun. Walk with a purpose or make it fun by using your walk as a time to bond with family, friends or your pet. You can window shop or walk instead of driving to get to where you are going. 

I wish all of you a very happy and healthy New Year as you walk your way to a healthy 2018!