Walking for Gender Equality One Step At a Time & How You Can Help Too

When you start walking around, you find incredible things on the way. This is an old fountain dedicated to one of the most popular saints among the Portuguese: Saint Anthony of Padua.

I recently recommitted to Charity Miles, an app that tracks the distance you make – either by walking or running – and then transforms it into donations to a cause of your own choice. The app is totally free and the way we contribute is by keeping ourselves active and on the track.

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3 Tricks To Walk More

The third day of the Wellbeing Challenge on Instagram is dedicated to… walking everywhere!

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✨10-Day Wellbeing Challenge✨ Day 3: Walk Everywhere 👟 Walking everywhere is the easiest way to be active and burn a few calories. Whenever you can, choose to walk instead of using your car or any other means of transport. It will boost your cardiovascular system and give you the feeling of being lighter. I also recommend to go for a walk after having a meal, because it helps digestion and blood sugar regulation too 👣 Download the Wellbeing Workbook at any time for free to do all the practical exercises of this challenge – #LinkInBio @thewellbeingblogger – you’re still on time to join♥️ . . #wellbeing #10daysofwellbeing #thewellbeingchallenge #thewellbeingblogger #wellness #wellbeingblogger #wellnessblogger #health #healthylifestyle #walking #healthtips #coaching #wellbeingcoach #stayactive #fitness #fitfam #instablogger #instalifestyle #lifestyleblogger

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When I started my weight loss journey at the age of 15 (I think I haven’t shared the story here yet, but I was a morbid obese teen back then – and yes, I’m not kidding), the very first thing I started doing was to walk at least 60 minutes every day. That was the only thing my body could handle at that time and with a simple daily walk I immediately dropped a few pounds and inches even long before I started to follow a balanced meal plan.

At that time, it worked and it made wonders for me because I transformed walking into a ritual. There were no excuses. It could be sunny or raining, it didn’t really matter: I would be there walking those damn 60 minutes. When you have reduced mobility because you are too heavy (like I am now, but more about that after we finish the challenge), walking is probably the safest kind of exercise you can do. Combined with a few minutes of stretching, you will soon notice the difference. That’s why I highly recommend everyone to start walking first, even before any further changes to diet and physical activity.

I do know however that walking can become boring after a while. I especially recognise that right now because I moved back to Canterbury and I already know this city like the back of my hands… there are, nonetheless, a few tricks to reset our mood and motivation to walk. In this post I will share 3 of my favourite tricks to walk more.

 

1. Practise Mindfulness While Walking

Walking the same streets, alleys and paths, all the time becomes boring, right? Lack of novelty can crush our motivation to walk. One way to avoid this is to practise mindfulness while walking. This means that when you go for a walk, you will do your best to pay attention to your surroundings and to what is going on inside of yourself. Mindful walking is a good exercise not only to develop your attention skills but also to discover new details and ideas that make walking fun and which otherwise you would miss. Most of the time we walk in a very mindless way and we often miss small and big treasures on our way. I will give you one personal example: I passed by a certain tree at least three times this week and I had never noticed there was a carved figure inside the tree until today. You would say it was rather easy to spot such a beautiful detail but I have been walking so mindlessly that only today, when I finally paid attention, I then noticed the beautiful work you can see in the picture below:

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Captured in Canterbury, UK

 

2. Wear Comfortable Shoes

There is nothing worse than walking in uncomfortable shoes – well maybe there are other similar or equally uncomfortable things but you get what I mean. You may not even notice it – I sometimes don’t – but finishing a walk and having foot pain is another motivation killer. Who wants to suffer, right? Make sure you invest in a pair of sneakers or shoes that are comfortable to your feet. They don’t have to be expensive, they just need to be the right fit for your feet. Believe it or not, there are many different models and kinds of sneakers. Some pairs are more suitable for running, while others are more suitable for walking. Even within each category you will find different models according to the type of path you will be walking on. Ok, I didn’t want you to panic or make your life more difficult: next time you decide to buy a pair of walking shoes, just ask for help in the store, explain them what’s your walking goal, and they will show you the best options.

3.  Walk and Help Helping Others

There is one app called Charity Miles, which I shared here in the blog around this same time last year. This is one of the many beautiful ways how technology can improve our lifestyle and make a difference in the world at the same time. Charity Miles is an app that counts the amount of miles you make and then transforms it into a monetary contribution to an organisation of your choice. Last year I was walking to support Operation Smile. You can read more about it here. I’m thinking of getting back to it as a way to motivate myself to go out more and walk – might even try to challenge a friend to come with me and even consider using it to plan a more lengthy walking adventure in the future.

What’s your favourite way to motivate yourself to walk? Let us know in the comments box. 😉

 

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If you are interested in the 10-day Wellbeing Challenge on Instagram, you can still join in and download my Wellbeing workbook for free.

Walking For #OperationSmile On A Regular Basis

With all the struggles at work, depressive moods, lack of an active lifestyle and weight gain due to my eating disorder, I decided to walk everyday despite any weather forecast. But how many times I decided that and gave up after a couple of days? Countless times! However, one of these days I was looking for mobile apps that could help me take those change steps I so strongly need… and I found Charity Miles.

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Charity Miles is a mobile app that literally helps you to “get fit” while making a contribution to a cause of your choice. You can walk, you can run or even bike – the track of your activity is then converted in money to charity. I haven’t figured out how we can actually see our total contribution besides the number of miles we did but I am still discovering the app in that sense. The important thing for now is that the whole concept have kept me motivated to go out and actually do that regular walk that we all need to at least keep ourselves physically actives on an everyday basis.

Therefore, and unless I am really not functional at all, every time I think about staying cosy at home after work I think twice and I remember myself of the charity I am supporting: #OperationSmile, which helps children who were born with a cleft condition getting the necessary surgery to save their lives (9 in 10 children with this condition die!) and have a full smile. Besides death, these children also face social stigma, hunger and thirst, as well as speech impediment. The surgery improves their lives like 200% and this is now my MAIN motivation to go out and walk as much as I can!

What about you? Do you think you could try doing something like this? And if so, which cause would you like to support?