Walking outdoors is great for well-being in lockdown for COVID-19—helping with fitness, health, and mood. So check how many steps you took today in social isolation! You might be shocked.
Not surprisingly, habits that are good for well-being in old age also promote well-being in lockdown for COVID-19.
When asked for a wise habit for old age, two readers cited taking a walk . (The survey became irrelevant with COVID-19.) The walking habit is so important when well-being in lockdown is at stake. Fortunately, even at Level 4 alert, walking outdoors will be permitted here, either alone or at least 2 meters distant from others.
Take a walk for inspiration, say two readers
Both Sadje and Peter started their regular walking habit for health reasons. Does that sound like a burden or a duty? No way, it’s a blessing. Read about the rich rewards they get from walking. Don’t be surprised if you feel inspired.
Sadje has very active blog, “Keep It Alive: A look at life, achieving good physical and mental health and happiness.” She is between 55–64.
- Her wise habit is Walking daily and usually after every meal.
- Her motivation: To stay healthy in my coming old age.
- Why did she choose to share this particular habit? It keeps me fit, healthy and active. and my blood sugar levels in range.
- Her reward is A happy feeling. Also it makes me enjoy the nature and I get ideas for writing too.
A second reader describes a similar habit. His blog is Peter’s Pondering: Random views and musings with a sprinkling of idiocy. You’ll see from his blog that he has an interesting outdoor area to explore.
- His habit: I go for a walk every day, a minimum of 1.5 miles.
- Prompt: I suffered from angina and was advised, by my doctor, to take regular exercise.
- Why share this particular habit? It makes me feel alive and vibrant and also gives me some alone time.
- His reward: I get to talk to horses, dogs, cats, birds, trees, insects, butterflies, and see a river, a canal, and a railway. I breathe fresh air, hear bird song, the wind in the trees, the rippling and splashing of water and, occasionally I get to meet humans.
Check your step count in lock-down
I did that yesterday. It was horrible. Sure, yesterday I did manage 4,894 steps by doing a sort of joggy-walky on Mt Victoria—even so that only brought my daily average up to 488 steps for the week that I’ve been in lockdown. From now on I need a big daily walk, that’s obvious. Not walking to a destination but walking for the sake of walking, walking to escape cabin fever, walking for well-being in lockdown. How about you?