There’s a lot you can accomplish by having a positive
self-image. Your confidence will increase which means that you can deal with
more situations. People will respond to your increased self-image in a positive
way as well.
The first step to increasing your self-image is to know
yourself. You need to understand your capabilities and skills. You also want to
determine weaknesses to improve upon. But don’t beat yourself up too much when
identifying these. Weaknesses can easily be turned into strengths if you work
at them long enough.
Determine what aspects about you that are important to change and concentrate on those. There may be aspects that you are not that concerned with and won’t have much effect on your self-image. Ignore those. You can’t and shouldn’t change every aspect of yourself. Sometimes, you should just accept those aspects of your personality and move on.
You need to be willing to change. If you don’t feel good
about yourself, you have to make changes to turn that around. Change is never
easy, but when it comes to increasing your self-image, you will see that it’s
worth the effort.
You can seek out an image consultant to help if you are struggling with doing this yourself. An image consultant is trained in helping people increase their self-image. It can be humbling to hear what the consultant advises but this is part of the process, and you should embrace it. Don’t be afraid to spend some money on a decent consultant. The results they provide will pay for itself.
Keep in mind that no matter what kind of help you get, this
is your journey or change. Don’t worry about what others may believe and stop
comparing yourself to other people. They don’t have to live your life. You are
the one that has to live with the consequences of your new image, both good and
bad. Although, try to emphasize only the good whenever possible.
When your self-image improves, just about every aspect of your life will follow. You will have better relationships at home and at work, and you will have a positive attitude. Tasks will seem less challenging partly because people will be more willing to pitch in to help you accomplish them. They will feed off your positive energy and want to be around you more often. This may open opportunities for you that you never thought you would have at your disposal.
Walking has all sorts of health benefits
among them the ability to help lower your blood pressure and strengthen your
heart. Many people at risk for stroke and heart disease are overweight,
unhealthy and have a hard time exercising. Thankfully walking is an easy,
low-impact workout that almost anyone can do.
Start where you’re at. Just put on your
shoes and head out there. If all you can do is walk for five to ten minutes,
start there. It’s a great start and that’s a lot more exercise than you’ve been
getting. Stick with it for a week and then see if you can make it for 15 minutes.
If you can go for a 30-minute walk, start there. Pick up the pace, walk briskly and after a week or two, try to go for 45-minute walks. Or break up your walking workout into 3 shorter sessions interspersed throughout your day.
If you have any health conditions and in
particular, if you’re suffering from high blood pressure and are at risk for
heart disease, discuss your walking plans with your doctor. The two of you can
come up with a plan that’s appropriate and safe for you.
Getting out and walking will help you on several different levels. The act of walking itself, particularly if you can go for a walkout in a pretty park is very relaxing and will lower your blood pressure soon after the walk. That’s a terrific benefit of walking and something that will help you feel better right away. But the benefits don’t stop there.
The regular exercise will strengthen your
heart. Remember your heart is a muscle and going for a brisk walk works out
more than your leg muscles. As you work out your heart, it gets stronger and
better at pumping blood through your body. And as you strengthen your muscles
and your body overall, you are likely losing body fat. That’s good news for
your blood pressure long term. All it takes is heading out there for a short
little walk each day. As you get stronger those walks will get longer and you
may even give swimming or riding your bike a try.
A healthy diet, regular exercise, and losing weight are some of the most effective ways to reduce hypertension regularly. Add to that the fact that walking helps you destress and it’s no wonder that walking regularly has such beneficial effects on your health. Ready to get started? Put on your shoes and go for that first walk.
Setting aside some time to go for a 45-minute walk isn’t always easy. We all live busy lives and between family and work, fitting in a workout isn’t always possible. What if I told you that you didn’t have to dedicate a set block of time for your walking workouts? What if you could get the same health benefits by working in a little more activity here and there throughout your day? And what if there was a fun little gadget that helped you keep track of it and motivated you to move more?
There is and it’s called a pedometer. You can pick up an inexpensive model at your local superstore or order it from Amazon. Or you can go with something a little fancier like a Fitbit for example. But before you head out to spend any money, check your smartphone. Many models have a pedometer built-in. All you need to do is download a free app and you’re good to go.
The pedometer will track how many steps you take on any given day. It will also track how many minutes you’ve spent being active and how many miles you’ve walked. In other words, it keeps track of how much exercise you get during your day. And the good news is that it doesn’t matter if you head out after work for a 45-minute walk, or if you work out in little spurts here and there throughout the day. Maybe you start your day by parking a little further away from the office and walking a couple of hundred extra steps. Then you take a quick stroll during your lunch break. You wrap up your day by walking around the park while your kids play. And just like that, you’ve gotten your exercise in without having to block out any additional time.
Give it a try. Put on a pedometer, or start
tracking with that phone you’re always carrying around anyway and see how much
you’re walking around any given day. From there, try to get a little more active
as time goes by until you hit your stepping goal. For most of us 10,000 steps
per day is a good long term goal, but if you’re feeling more ambitious than
that, go for it.
We were designed to walk for miles and
miles to hunt and gather our food. Yet, in modern society, we spend most of our
time sitting down. That is not good for
our bodies leading to a host of health problems. This is probably one of the
most important reasons to make an effort to move around and go for a walk each
day. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Most of us sit for our work, we
eat sitting down, and to be honest all we want to do when we come home from
work is plop down on the couch for a Netflix marathon until bedtime.
In other words, getting and staying in the habit of going for a walk each day can be a bit of a challenge. But that’s exactly what we need to do. We need to get in the habit of going for that walk just like we’re in the habit of brushing our teeth twice a day or taking out the trash on Tuesdays. Once it’s a well-ingrained habit, it won’t be as much of a challenge to make sure we go for a walk each day.
A great place to start is to find a walking route you enjoy. It helps to make it as easy as possible. Your favorite walk may offer beautiful vistas, but if it’s a 30-minute drive there and back, you’ll be less likely to do it every single day. Instead, save that walk for the weekends and come up with something convenient and pleasant for your everyday walking routine. If you can, find a route in your own neighborhood so you can leave right from your front door. Just lace up your shoes and start walking.
Taking the same route every day helps form
that habit. It’s also encouraging to notice that you can walk the same loop
faster or with less effort over time. It proves that you’re making a difference
and are getting stronger and increasingly fitter.
Listening to your favorite music, podcast or audiobooks is also helpful. It will make the time go by faster and give you something else to look forward to. You can even use your favorite media as a way to bribe yourself to go for your daily walk. Let’s say you have a couple of podcasts you enjoy. Save them for your walks and only let yourself listen to them while you’re walking. It’s a great incentive to get out there even on days when you’re not feeling it.
Last but not least consider walking with other people. Find a walking group in your area, or talk a friend or neighbor into becoming your walking buddy. Not only is it more fun to walk when you have someone to talk but it also has some built-in accountability. It’s much easier to skip a walking workout when you know that other people are waiting for you and relying on you to join them.
Give these tips a try and see if they help
you make walking a daily habit and an integral part of your health, your
fitness, and your life.
If you’re not in the best of shape, start by going for a 10 or 15-minute walk around the neighborhood and work your way up from there. If you’re already in great shape, walking can still provide an effective workout. Walk fast and incorporate some hills and even stairs.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. If you’re like most of us, chances are you haven’t exercised much since you got out of college and need to start small. Maybe your doctor suggested that you move around more, or maybe you just want to be proactive about your health and well-being. In either case, walking is the perfect way to start.
Find a pair of comfortable shoes, put them
on and go for a stroll through your neighborhood. You could also find a local park
with a nice path you can walk on. If the weather doesn’t permit walking
outside, head to your local mall and walk or hop on a treadmill.
You can even walk in place at home in front
of your TV. Here’s a simple little idea to get you moving more. As you’re
sitting on the couch at night watching TV, get up during commercial breaks and
march in place until your
favorite TV show comes back on. If you’re using a
service like Netflix, make yourself walk in place for 10 minutes in between
episodes. Or turn on the TV and challenge yourself to march in place during the
entire show. Time will fly while you’re having fun watching TV and moving.
Speaking of having fun, going for a walk outside can be a lot of fun too. Mix up your route and walk in different areas of town, or visit different parks. Invite a friend to come along with you to walk. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to and having a walking buddy keeps you accountable. Last but not least, grab your phone or MP3 player and listen to music or audiobooks as you walk to make the time go by faster.
The main thing is that you get out there,
move around, and get some exercise in a way that’s gentle on your joints, your
heart, and the rest of your body and that’s what walking will do for you. Just
give it a try and see if you don’t start to feel better, happier, and stronger
after a few weeks of regular walks.