May is a busy month (aren't they all, right?!). With end of school year activities, graduations, etc., etc., etc., it can seem like you're going all the time! Even when we're not physically active, our brains keep going...so we're not getting rest on any level.
It may seem tough to find any time to take proper care of ourselves, but we must MAKE the time for self-care. If we don't, we're setting ourselves up for exhaustion, and even burnout and increased risk for serious illness.
Wouldn't it be nice to get a better handle on your health and well being so that you can EASE INTO SUMMER?
When you're feeling better, you make better decisions all the way around...and that leads to a healthy, happy lifestyle!
Self-care can come in baby steps. As someone who's been a family caregiver (while also being a news anchor, and a mom of five), I know this to be true. In fact, I've researched family caregiver issues and have written two books on the subject. I'm passionate about helping people take better care of themselves and those they love...and one of the best bits of research I've found is that MINUTES MAKE A DIFFERENCE in Self-Care. They really do!
Studies show that even severe chronic illness can be reduced and reversed when we get into a habit of just a few minutes a day for self-care.
Many people all around the world (we just welcomed Walk Instructors in Singapore and Belgium!) consider Walk 15® a vital part of their self care routine, and that makes sense---participating in our Walking programs gives you immediate benefits! Within seconds, those endorphins kick in, and you start to feel better...
and as you continue to Walk---the body continues to respond... studies show better blood pressure, improved heart health, lower weight and more--- all linked to Walking!
Our Walk 15® Instructors are busy people---and they aren't just functioning, they're FLOURISHING!
Listen to what they have to say...
"Walk 15® is part of my daily self-care regimen, because it's a non stressful way of taking care of myself. I play a Walk15 video during my two breaks at work and sometimes during lunch and I always feel rejuvenated!"
"Walk 15® is an integral part of my daily self care routine!! Whether I'm teaching a Walk Live class or popping in a Walk at Home® DVD, I know I'm doing something positive for my body and spirit!"❤👟
"Walk15® is definitely part of my self-care routine. For many women and men they believe that self care is self-ish. Self-care is not self-ish! It is what makes you feel good about yourself. Walk15® workouts are great grounding Group Exercises. They bring you together with people you enjoy being with for fun and fitness!!! Walk15® is the whole shebang!!!! For mind, body and spirit. It is a great mood lifter and you get that total body workout whether it's a 1,2,3, 4 or 5 mile WALK!!! Walking makes me happy and it feels GREAT!!!"
"Walk 15® is one of my favorite self care routines! I love that it gets me out of the house to be with people, and as someone who experiences mild depression now and then, that time with others is critical for my healthy mental & emotional state. There is STRENGTH in COMMUNITY, and Walk 15® is a great way to build community."
"Walk 15® Is definitely self care for me. Especially in May! I am a cake decorator and May is our Graduation season. It is a BUSY BUSY 3 weeks straight. So glad I have my classes to go lead after a stressful day at work. I hear the music and see my walkers it is like a instant release from the stress of the day. I may walk into class dead on my feet...but then I start the music, and my feet start to move and I feel awake and free from stress."
"WALK 15® or Walk at Home® are a non-negotiable part of my self care routine. WALK (and Zumba) fill my personal requirement to sweat for at least one hour everyday.. If I am not teaching them, I'm practicing them at home."
"It’s a must...as much a part of the routine as brushing my teeth and getting the kids off to school, going to work. It helps ME be more energetic and stronger and able to do what needs to be done! Now if we could just make more hours in a day... 😉"
"The group dynamic of Walk 15® is the key component of my daily self-care. It feeds my mind, body and soul and energizes every fiber of my being. Helping others get fit while having fun...priceless!"
So...what do you think? Wanna go for a WALK?
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The good news is, no matter what kind of personality you have...there's a form of fitness that will FIT YOU!
It's important to take a little time to figure out how you work best, so that you can get the best results. In fact... if you feel you've "failed" at exercise programs in the past...chances are good that at least part of the reason why, was that you were forcing yourself to do something that you truly didn't like! That's no way to set yourself up for success!
Challenging yourself to get healthier is one thing...DRAGGING yourself to so something you honestly just can't stand is another! Life's too short for that!
The truth is...you CAN ENJOY working out...it's just about committing to finding something you like!
Some of our Walk 15 Instructors had fun sharing their fitness personalities:
"My fitness personality: Flashy workout clothes✔️Huge goofy smile✔️ All business" during a workout✔️ I like the social aspect of classes✔️ I also like to create my own space when I exercise✔️
One more thing, I may be "all business" during a workout, but it must be fun & enjoyable. If it becomes a drag, I lose interest."
"I don't wear flashy clothes, but I do keep a bubbly smile. Also, I love the social aspect of teaching Walk 15 and meeting new people. I think exercise should be fun and I emphasize that to my students."
"I'm definitely a social butterfly with a VERY bubbly personality! I had a step aerobics instructor approach me after class once and thank me for smiling throughout. I couldn't help it! I just LOVE working out, and I tend to encourage the people around me while we're at it."
"I'm the one who shows up in my paint stained rock concert t-shirt and sweatpants (sometimes I do wear workout pants). I like the social aspect of the group classes, but I am the quiet one who doesn't initiate the conversation. And once the class starts, I am in the zone."
"I'm the social one who always wears a smile. It encourages all walkers to have fun and enjoy the time. Then on to the business of getting that workout started, no matter what their fitness level is. And then getting that inner happiness feeling when they say "thank you for offering this class, see you next week!"
"I’m the “all business, but add a dash of humor!” Let’s go in and get this party started and let’s do what we came here for! Many of participants love the idea of the “happy hour”! We Walk-and-Roll while getting Fit!
I love, love, love being the Walk Diva by dressing the part, wearing a huge smile, creating a party atmosphere, but underneath all the "fun" is the heart of a true businesswoman ready to get it done! The truth is, the social aspect, the wonderful connections we make are the icing on the cake. I truly love my super walkers and Walking Warriors!
What's the best exercise? The one that you'll do!!!
You may have heard that before, and it's TRUE! The best way to set yourself up for success is to find some form of fitness you love, and feel comfortable doing. When you find that workout that lifts you up, it's easier to keep going...and to keep getting positive results!
Walk fitness has staying power! A WebMD article has walking as #1 on their list of the Seven Most Effective Exercieses, for those reasons and more!
Our Walk 15 Instructors know this!
"Two years ago when I was unhappy with where I was fitness wise, I tried the gym and other fitness programs, but all of them left me feeling defeated as they were too advanced for me, but when I came the Walk workout, I felt motivated and encouraged to keep going and I have been hooked! It leaves me feeling like a winner not a failure and I will continue walking for as long as I can! I have learned not to underestimate the power of walking, as I have been walking consistently for two years and I lost my weight walking and eating clean not via any slimming pills or magic."
"Walking is inexpensive, simple, effective, & fun! What I LOVE about Walk15 is that it's a party, disguised as a walk program!"
"Walk 15 is accessible, without requiring fancy equipment. It's flexible enough to accommodate beginners to advanced fitness levels. It doesn't intimidate participants, and quickly builds confidence."
"This program is walking based and sticks to the basics. Trends come and go but basics and walking have staying power."
"I believe that walk15 is a lifestyle, not a fad. I appreciate the total body workout with quick recovery time. other exercise was work, but Walk15 is FUN and results in a healthier mind, body, and overall spirit. I use it, teach it, and will always love it!"
"I stick with Walk 15 because IT WORKS!"
We CELEBRATE the millions of people around the world who are getting fit by sticking with an exercise program, and making it part of their healthy lifestyle!
And...we agree with Divine...we want to give others the same opportunity!
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We'd love to welcome you to our WALK 15 Family!
How does a Walk 15 class help you manage stress?
Many have come to think of exercise as a "Mental Vacation" (I agree)!
In fact, our Walk 15 Instructors say just knowing they've got a Walk 15 class to go to helps minimize the stress and anxiety in their day!
The medical community has recognized the power of physical activity as a stress reliever; and the 2017 Stress in America™ survey conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA) shows that although stress levels continue to be high across all demographics, people are doing more on their own to manage the stress in their day to day lives.
This is where walking comes in...especially our kind of fitness walking...in a BIG way!
Source: 2017 Stress in America™ survey
Stress is defined as "that which strains or deforms." Think about that...when you put too much stress on even a piece of metal, it breaks! When we put too much stress on our bodies and minds, we start to "break"...and the result is fatigue, tension, anxiety, and illness.
Anxiety triggers the release of chemicals in our bodies that are supposed to help us in short spurts...but...when we feel constant stress---even at low levels---it takes a toll. Walking helps to calm those harmful chemicals, and regular walking can even help you so that when you do feel stress, you're able to better manage it.
If walking is good...you can see how fitness walking boosts all the healthy benefits! Walk 15 classes include music...the community support...and the physical activity...and go to work quickly to help bust up the stress of your day.
Here's what some of our Walk 15 Instructors wanted to share about how they experience this for themselves:
"The fact that I committed to teaching means that after a stressful day instead of hibernating, feeling sorry for myself and getting depressed; I look forward to seeing people that will smile back at me. As the musics starts my spirit just lifts up and 5 minutes into the workout the worries fade. At the end I feel relaxed and happy,,,able to face my family and wee tasks left before going to bed."
"Since my classes are at 6:30 am, this helps set my day off right! My clients are happy to be there and if I am feeling anxious about my day it’s washed away immediately when the music starts and I have smiles all around! Throw in some humor and we are walking into happiness." 😀
"I have classes 4 days a week late in the afternoon after I get off work. I agree that the stress of the day washes off of me. I have a great group of walkers at 3 venues. We have a great group where you can walk and talk with each other as share our struggles from the day. We start to walk, giggle, have fun... and at the end of class you feel refreshed and ready to relax the rest of the day."
"I always look forward to my classes - they ARE my stress relief! I know any stress of the day will melt away the minute the music starts in class... and I see it come off my Walkers, too! It's wonderful to see that transformation!"
"My morning classes get me in the right frame of mind and set me up for whatever the day brings! My evening classes release any stress I might be feeling from my day and brings my day to a relaxing end!"
What power we have to take better care of ourselves in a natural way!
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