Ep122: Are You Making Walking Too Complicated?

By Donna Doyon | Gratifying Goals

Apr 23

Walking is a simple, magical way to improve your overall wellness, but too often people over think the activity and make it waaaayyy too complicated.

Of course, making it complicated provides the excuse to NOT get off the couch and out the door. 🙂

Yes, I understand that’s part of it, too.

But when you make an activity as simple as walking complicated, it makes me wonder what else you are making complicated.

It’s easy to do. We get bogged down in the details. We worry about doing it right. We don’t know HOW to do it right, so we go into Google search mode. And then we are forever trapped in the muddy waters of too much information, conflicting information, and weird information.

This week I talk about how simple a walking program is.

Yes, you can add bits and pieces to it to make it more effective, to collect data to show your progress, and more, but the simple truth is…

Walking is one of the simplest activities you can do.

You’ve been walking for decades.

You were walking before you could speak.

You were walking before you could control the basic bodily functions of peeing and pooping.

You were walking before you learned how to tie your shoes!

Today, and everyday, I encourage you to take a walk.

Don’t make it a big deal. Don’t over think it. Just pretend you are that toddler who was so excited and fast to move on your feet!



Show Notes:

Here’s some information on maximum and target heart rate:

From the Mayo Clinic – Exercise Intensity: How to Measure It

From Active.com – A calculator to find your target hear rate

From the American Heart Association – Know Your Target Heart Rates for Exercise, Losing Weight and Health


Did you know you can download this episode directly to your mobile device for listening on the go? On the player above, click on the download icon. Great times to listen include when walking/running/exercising or when driving to work or doing errands. Enjoy!


The music for this podcast is Drifting Upstream by Hyson.
Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Drifting_Upstream
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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Donna Doyon leads the Healthier Habits movement, helping people go from feeling powerless to powerful by taking control of their daily habits. Through her online programs, and Finding My Way podcast, Donna challenges people to make simple changes to their current approach to life to obtain healthier outcomes.