Walk Your Way to Better Health!

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Looking for an easy way to get fit?

It’s the perfect time of year to start a walking routine. Walking is one of the easiest and cheapest forms of exercise that can provide some great benefits. There is no need to invest in any special equipment or membership to enjoy the outdoors. Walking is a low impact exercise and an awesome way to get some fresh air!

Make sure you walk for at least 30 minutes or longer each day. To increase your benefits try walking at a faster pace or in a more challenging setting.

Healthy for your mind: Walking can provide a form of meditation that can help with anything from pain to relaxation. Walking releases natural pain­killing end­or­phins to the body that can help to relive pain and depression. There are also some studies that suggest walking may slow mental decline as well as improve your sleep.

Healthy for your body: Making the time to walk is also good for you heart. It’s a gentle exercise that most people can participate in, even if they are not in the best health. It can help to prevent heart disease, lower your risk of diabetes, improve circulation, and trim your waistline. It also can increase your balance and coordination and strengthen your bones.

Healthy for your wallet: Your choices are endless when it comes to choosing where to walk. Take advantage of local nature trails, hiking paths and even the streets around your home. Make sure it is somewhere you will enjoy and relax. Try and keep the majority of your walking outside though where you can benefit from the fresh air and sunshine.

Healthy for your family and friends: Taking someone with you can provide companionship as well as keep you motivated. Take your dog; they need the exercise and mental stimulation as much as you do! Set blocked out time for yourself every day. Choose walking as your one thing to not be flexible in your schedule.

Healthy for your spirit: Walking should be peaceful for you to participate in. You are doing something to improve your health and future. Focus on any negative feelings you’ve had that day and work through them. Let go of them and go to bed relaxed and happy.

The reasons to walk are endless and so are the benefits. Do you have a favorite place or reason to walk? Please share it with us!

~Jessica

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!

Hiking with Your Kids – How to Get Them Out & Moving!

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Hiking with Your Kids – How to Get Them Out & Moving

Spring is quickly approaching and if your kids are anything like mine they are getting restless and ready to head outside.  With the approaching warmer weather we are starting to look for outdoor activities to burn energy and provide education while exercising. A great activity that does all of the above?  Hiking!

Hiking is fun whether it’s just around your neighborhood or on a nature trail. We are blessed to live in beautiful Oregon – in an area full of outdoor activities and trails to follow. It’s easy to make a hike fun and educational to hold the kids’ interest. Kids are easily fascinated by simple things, and you may just find that it’s contagious! Hiking can be done any time of the year with weather appropriate clothing.

Bring snacks, lots of snacks:  Kids like to have something to snack on and it will help to keep their energy up. Fruit, nuts and other healthy choices will provide a nice boost to their energy. If you let them pack their own snacks they will have twice as much fun.

Keep it short:  Make sure your hike is appropriate for your child’s age and level of fitness. Start with slow easy hikes and work your way up to more challenges over time. An older child is more likely to enjoy hiking while a younger one (three and under) may not want to walk much at all. Often they are content to just explore all of the interesting things they can find close to home. Make sure you take the time to enjoy and encourage their discoveries.

Come up with fun games:  There are a lot of games that can make a hike interesting. Counting objects, singing songs, I Spy and many more. The goal is to keep their mind occupied so they are not focusing on how far they have walked. This works well for kids that don’t enjoy getting out and walking outside.

Make Goals:  This is a great tip for older kids especially. Set mileage or hourly goals for a week and let them earn something in return for putting in the effort. Make sure they are reasonable goals – you can always increase them as your kids get more fit.

Teach them to respect and enjoy nature:  Teach your kids about respecting not only wildlife but the environment. Make sure not to leave any trace you were there and clean up anyone else’s trash you may find along the way. Learn about local wildlife and point out their homes and food sources. A child that grows up respecting the world around them will carry those lessons through life.

Enjoy the time with your kids:  Make it a special bonding time with your children. Your children grow up fast, and as parents we miss a lot of time with them through work. Take advantage of this time to talk with your kids and learn about them.  A walk/hike after school can be a wonderful way to wind down and hear about their day. Children love when you take interest in their day!

Do you have some special outdoor activities you do with your kids? Please share them with us in the comments below!

~Jessica

 

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!