​Challenge: Walk at least 30 minutes daily

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Start Date: ​J​une 1, 2020

​Why a walking challenge?

Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Yet about 40% of adults don’t do any serious walking at all. And that percentage is increasing as more and more adults spend their free time indoors connected to social media and the online world. Walking on a daily basis can have the following benefits:

  • Cut heart disease and stroke by 27%
  • Help prevent some chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes
  • ​Ease anxiety and improve your mood
  • Help you lose weight
  • Support your joints and improve muscle tone
  • Improve your mental clarity and creativity.

Walking is good for you!

​How do I get ready for the Challenge?

​Let’s talk about safety and equipment. Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes (my favorites are Merrell) and a waterproof rain jacket and umbrella if you like to walk in the rain. Women especially need to consider safety. If you can, walk with a friend and always walk in good lighting. But I understand if that’s not possible – I’m a solo walker myself. When I go for solo walks in the woods, I take a waist pack with a water bottle holder and keep pepper spray handy. And if you are hiking some treacherous paths or sizeable hills, hiking poles can keep you steady. Finally, if weight loss is one of your goals, you might get in shape a bit faster by using a weighted vest.

But what’s your most important equipment? Determination. If you’d like to increase your chances of success – set a schedule. Try to walk around the same time every day. And yes, you can walk longer than 30 minutes, split your time into separate walks, and even walk twice a day if you like. One more thing: Make sure you have an indoor backup plan in case the weather forces you inside – check out free walking videos on YouTube.

​What kind of walking should I expect?

​Did you know there are different types of walking? There’s power walking, chi walking, nordic walking, pedometer walking, and interval walking, to name a few. Our goal is to walk 30 minutes each day and while you can walk at your own pace, I’ll throw in some different types of walks every now and then to keep you on your toes. One day you might go out for a brisk walk, and the next day will be a slow-paced meditative walk that encourages you to use all your senses.

​What’s included in the Walking Challenge?

​In addition to a daily walking activities and encouragement, the Challenge highlights some of the greatest hikes in the world. Each day will introduce a new and exciting walking trail. Learn about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the magical Inca trail in Peru, the Cinque Terre National Park trails in Italy, and the trails leading to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

Appalachian Trail sign marking the distance to Clingmans Dome. At over 6,000 ft. Clingmans Dome is the highest point on the AT. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tennessee.

​What if I want to drop out of the Challenge?

​I hope you stick around for the entire 30 days, but sometimes “life happens.” You can opt out of the Walking Challenge any time you like – every email includes an ‘Unsubscribe’ link.

​What happens if I miss the FREE Challenge or want to take it on my own time?

​The Walking Challenge for 2019 is closed. We plan to rerun the challenge in 2020. You can take the Challenge on your own time by purchasing the  Kindle version​.

​SIGN UP to join the FREE June Walking Challenge

Start Date: ​J​une 1, 2020