I have started following a blog called "Katy Says". The author, Katy, a bio-mechanic, is witty and extremely knowledgeable. I found her through a friend, and I am so glad that I did.
Katy specializes in the mechanics of the female body, specifically the pregnant female body. Today I just want to share a tidbit that she wrote that has branched into a goal in my life. One that I haven't quite fulfilled to this point... But I'm sure trying!
Katy stresses in her blog the importance of using our bodies to move, and move, and move some more. She actually doesn't have any furniture in her living room -- she, her family, and guests all sit on the floor. They even eat on the floor.
This brings me to my goal: Walk 5 miles a day.
That's right folks. If you read the links attached to the words "pregnant female body" above (there is a different link for each word in that phrase, just so you know -- try them all!) you'll see that Katy actually suggests walking 6, but I'm only making it to 4-4.5 a day. So I think, for me, 5 miles a day is a more realistic goal. For now. Who knows! Maybe soon I'll squeeze out another 1.5 miles. I'll keep you posted on that.
The reason(s) Katy suggests walking so much is the importance of keeping our bodies optimally tuned for having healthy lives, and healthily bearing children. Walking is basically the perfect "exercise" for a baby-bearing woman. When we are walking properly, and often, our muscles and bone work synergisticly to relieve pain, and keep us aligned.
So here I challenge you to get up and walk more, and take your family with you. How many miles do you think you can clock a day?
P.S. I highly recommend looking into all of the link that I included in this post. Most of them are about the pregnant female body, and are super informative!