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My 30 day walking challenge – Week one review

The Hiking FamilyThe first week of my 30 day walking challenge is done and I’m pleased to report that I’ve walked every day for at least thirty minutes. I walked every day with my son and most days with my dog.

It was a busy week with my son’s second birthday, a camping trip and father’s day but if an excuse reared its ugly head, I slapped that beast down. Because I’m doing a challenge, and I love challenges.

Here are three things I learned this week:

  • Walking helps me to sleep better – anyone with young kids or who suffers from insomnia knows what sleep deprivation is like, and this has been my life for the last few years. I’m not telling you this to complain about it – it’s just the way things are (hopefully, were). But now that my son has started sleeping much better (and he even slept through twice in the past week!) I’ve had to retrain myself to sleep better too as I’m so used to waking every hour or two and often being awake for hours at a stretch at night. My daily walks are certainly helping with that.
  • Prioritising my daily walks has helped me to walk every day – I know this will sound like a no-brainer to most of you, but it was one of those ‘aha!’ moments of clarity I had, while out on a walk. By making my daily walk an essential, non-negotiable part of my day, I’ve been able to walk every day. Rain is threatening? Go anyway with a rain jacket and walk close to home in case of a downpour. It’s windy and cold? Suck it up, princess. There’s no time to fit it in with everything I have to get done today? Find a way… which leads me to my next point.
  • Substituting is a great way to fit walking in – On Sunday I substituted driving to the supermarket with walking to the supermarket so that I could fit my 30 minute walk in. My husband drove and did the ‘big shop’  while I picked up the smaller things we needed from the fruit and veg store. It didn’t add much time at all to the shopping trip – the shops are just under a kilometre away anyway – but it helped me to fit in a 30 minute walk and I walked the long way there to make sure I got my thirty minutes in.

My favourite walk this week was the circuit walk around Mount Franklin where we went camping for my son’s first camping trip. He loved it. He loved the walk, too. My husband carried him in the backpack carrier but he wanted to walk the last kilometre or so on his own. Being in the hills certainly put a little spring in his step.

How did you go with your 30 day walking challenge this past week? Let me know in the comments section below.

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