30 Mins a Day to a Better Life

I have partnered with Karla Harmer of The Happy Mustard Seed to present 30 minutes a day to a better life! It is something so simple, yet so effective. Karla is mom of 2 incredible kids, married to her college sweetheart, and is an advocate for simple, functional, and purposeful family life.

Now more than ever, I feel like it is a good time to keep or make some new healthy habits. For many people, being in the house is just like being under house arrest, and there is no way to feel normal if you feel trapped. So, it is time to get out (even if it is in your backyard, neighborhood, or local park) and get some fresh air. 

If you do not want to go out alone, you can join a walking club or create one with your neighbors. Go out, but make sure to keep a safe distance. You can go out for a walk any time of day, it just depends on whether you’re a morning walker, or a night walker.

Benefits of walking 30 minutes a day

Any form of exercise and moving your body is good for you. Walking gets a bum rap sometimes, because people don’t think that it has very many health benefits. But I’ll let you read a few of the many good things that can happen from just a quick walk around your neighborhood, and decide for yourself. 

  • Boosts your mood
  • Helps to improve your circulation
  • Can help with boosting your immune system
  • Aids in restful sleep
  • Connects you with other people 

I can say that those are all things we need right now. 

Here’s a basic workout you can follow if you need some ideas:

5 minute warm up with a faster pace than you would normally walk

5 minute increased pace until you are walking about double time

10 minutes of a speed walk. Make sure you can still hold a conversation, but barely

5 minutes slow down to your double time rate

5 minutes cool down, go back to your warm up pace

Do this everyday of the week, and you will find that something so simple can make you feel so much better. Doing this is what helped me get used to running. My running coach would have me go out on hot and humid days if he could. But, I made him give me a schedule so I could mentally prepare myself to be outside, rain or shine. I stuck to my schedule until I worked my way up to jogging and running again. 

If you want to challenge yourself after a few weeks of walking, start jogging for 30 minutes. 

5 minute warm up with a faster pace than you would normally walk

5 minutes increased pace, building up to a slow jog

10 minutes of increased pace, working up to a faster jog (not a run). Make sure you can just barely hold a conversation. If you need to, you can jog for 2 minutes and then walk for 2 minutes, and that’s ok too. I did this until I could run for 10 minutes straight. 

5 minutes slowing down to your slow jog

5 minutes cool down, go back to your warm up pace

I always start adding more time to my running, so that I can get in about 20 minutes of jogging very fast, with a 5 minute slow jog as the warm up and a 5 minute cool down. 

That’s it! You have not only relaxed and given your body and mind a reset, but you have also received a good way to relieve stress as well. 

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