October is only a few days away and many groups, organizations, and employers are promoting Walktober. October is the perfect month to start a walking program because of the cooler temperatures and the beautiful fall colors to enjoy along the way.

WalktoberThis is my first year to sign up for a Walktober program but I am ready to get started and reap the benefits of walking. Walking helps maintain a healthy weight, keeps blood pressure down, and improves the immune system. Walking is the perfect time to think or meditate and walking is a stress reliever.

To get going I have a pedometer to track my steps. However, over the last few days, I have been monitoring my steps and fall short of the recommended 10,000 steps a day. So, to help add some steps in my day, I have decided to stop at a local park after work and take a walk. After work seemed like the perfect time for me because during that time I do not feel as rushed as first thing in the morning. I also know that I should take the time before I get home because sometimes when I get home and sit down, I lose the motivation to get up and move.

Tips to Get You Motivated

Join a Walktober program or start a group with friends. Being accountable to others is a great motivator.

Set goals. Set your goal higher than you know is normal but not so high that it is impossible.

Use a pedometer. Check your progress throughout the day. If you are not taking enough steps make an extra effort to move a little more.

Choose the best time for you. Early morning is better for some and late evening for others. Pick a time when you have fewer distractions or interruptions that may come up to prevent you from walking.

Will you join me for Walktober? I will be posting my progress and I look forward to hearing how you are doing too.

Be Inspired,