Happy National Walking Day!

I’ve recently been introduced to the term joyful movement, and the concept is pretty self explanatory.  In a nutshell, it’s any form of movement that brings one joy.  There are no rules, which means the list is endless!  Some suggestions may includes dancing in your tiara….

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working in the garden….

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…or running and jumping in the sand!


Creativity is encouraged, but not mandated.  In fact, one of my favorite forms of joyful movement is good ol’ every day walking.

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Walking is something we celebrate with tiny tots.  I mean, who doesn’t get excited when watching a child take those first steps; witnessing the victorious demeanor over a new found skill?

If that isn’t joy, I don’t know what is!

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Perhaps we should celebrate that type of movement more regularly.  The American Heart Association has been doing just that.  Kicking off the start of Move More Month, the first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day.  Participants are encouraged to find a pair of comfy shoes, perhaps grab a buddy or two, and put one foot in front of the other!

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As with joyful movement, there are no hard and fast rules.  The Walking Police will not be out and about monitoring pace, length or duration.  The goal is simply to get out and get moving, and reaping a few physical benefits a fantastic byproduct!

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