10.000 STEPS; Walking the way to Health And Wellness

leila Kigha
Posted November 13, 2018 from Cameroon

At the start of this year, i made a conscious decision to commit more time and effort to taking care of myself. I knew if i had to be more efficient then i will have to be the best version of me and that will mean not only feeding my spirit and soul but my body must be in top form too. There are six key aspects i address during my talks on "Loving yourself to Success" and one of them is Loving to TAKE GOOD CARE OF MYSELF (my body, spirit and soul).

We all are Spirit and we have souls and live in bodies. Healthy living is a result of balance and harmony of all three. A sound mind and whole soul as a result of an aligned spirit will be prisoner if the body is not whole or healthy. We all should have heard the adage that says “a healthy mind is in a healthy body.”

Indeed, when our bodies are functioning well, when we do not feel any pain, we can express the wealth and riches proceeding from our spirits through our minds; on the contrary, when we are in pain, our bodies are weak, it gets almost impossible to go pass that state of our bodies to concentrate on something else. Usually such a state of the body indicates an in balance in the whole being. Wholeness would therefore mean harmony of spirit , soul and body. That’s why we should take a good care of our bodies as we do our spirit and souls and pay enough attention to it. When I love to TAKE GOOD CARE OF MYSELF, people will not treat ME like I am nobody.

There are different ways of taking care of the body , eating healthy, sleeping well, pampering yourself, exercises etc . I chosed walking as my fitness focus with a daily target of 10.000 steps. It has been progressing from 6000 - 7000 - 9000- 10.000 and more steps. According to an article on http://www.stylecraze.com "Top 20 Health Benefits of walking Daily" by Charushila Biswas an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, walking has benefits that span the entire being: it improves Heart Health , Aids Weight Loss ,Regulates Blood Pressure ,Fights Cancer ,Improves Circulation , Reduces Risk Of Diabetes, Strengthens Bones, Improves Digestion,Boosts Immune Function,Reduces Stress,Uplifts Mood,Improves Memory,Increases Productivity,Increases Your Creativity etc.

It is clear from this list that walking can improve your health in many ways and i am glad i decided to commit myself to walking to a healthy life.

To say it has been a smooth ride will be a lie. there was a period i stopped completely because i was depending on the support of my Mother who is my walking partner. She traveled out of the country and i also traveled for a short while those moments away from home and her absence affected me. I was left alone and my drive dropped slowly to zero. Before i knew i had stopped and all the results of walking were lost. I began putting on some weight, got  tired easily, was weak etc.

I needed to find a greater motivation to get back on course.  I have been desiring to spend more time with myself every morning to meditate, and listen to inspiring messages or music before i start my day. This Spiritual exercise has always been a great longing in my heart but i have a daily schedule that can change at anytime so i couldn't stick to the hours i set aside. One morning while working, i met a woman  walking from the opposite direction and when she got close to me i realized she wasn't paying attention to me or anyone around because she praying and singing.

This marked me and i said to myself this is what i will add to my daily routine. Besides walking for the health benefits i cited above and many more, it has become a sacred moment as well. I look forward to spending 30-45 minutes every morning, walking and contemplating the world around me while i meditate and pray.

Depending on my inspiration for the morning , i would listen to an audio message on a chosen subject of faith, or i will listen to music then i will pray or meditate.

I realized even on mornings when i feel like not walking, the thought of the nourishing spiritual exercise gets me out of bed. It has become an invisible force that drives my daily wellness journey. It is no longer walking for health but for wellness too. My whole being is being affected during these few minutes.

Great Ideas  and thoughts have been born from these brief moments. Encouragement too and direction have come from these moments. Healing, peace, calm, joy are all fruit of this. 

It is gradually turning into a lifestyle and i am looking forward to adding some more ingredients to spice up these sacred moments of self care and nourishing.

This story was submitted in response to Caring for Ourselves.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 15, 2018
Nov 15, 2018

Hi Leila,

Thanks for sharing your revelatory story about walking and self care. I can see how much this new spiritual practice has made in your life. It's very inspiring and encouraging. I always get told that I should spend more time in nature, but I do find it difficult to get up the motivation to do it on my own. I already have a whole morning protocol, but I can see how much this has greatly enhanced your life, so way to go:-)

Hope you're having a great day, and good luck with your story submission.

leila Kigha
Nov 20, 2018
Nov 20, 2018

Thank you Jlanghus. Am glad you took a minute to read. Am having a fantastic day and hope you are too.

Ngala Nadege
Dec 17, 2018
Dec 17, 2018

Hello and thanks for sharing your post on self care.

leila Kigha
Jun 13
Jun 13

thank you for reading

Hello, Leila,

Walking is indeed a great way to take care of ourselves. Congratulations for not quitting. Keep it up for a healthier you!

leila Kigha
Jun 13
Jun 13

thank youuuu

You're welcome, dear!

ARREY- ECHI
Jan 09
Jan 09

Dear Leila,
Beautiful care regiment you got there. Glad to see you got back on it and are doing great.
Wish you the best with your submission.

leila Kigha
Jun 13
Jun 13

Thank you dear Arrey

Sister Leila,
Thank you for this wonderful post. Recently I have taken up walking for the purpose of de-stressing and calming my spirit. I am not as consistent as I would like to be however, I am determined to do better. Thank you once again for this encouraging post. Keep sharing knowledge and your truth.

leila Kigha
Jun 13
Jun 13

yessss
keep on keeping on sister. we can together.

Tarke Edith
Jan 30
Jan 30

Hi sister
Thanks for sharing this with us l know that the more we takes care of ourselves the more we look younger and strong thanks for that educative story sis

leila Kigha
Jun 13
Jun 13

yesss sister! taking care of ourselves is key!

J Brenda Lanyero
Feb 08
Feb 08

Hi Leila.
Thank you for sharing this self care and all that. I have picked something and I know it has encouraged a sister to start today.

leila Kigha
Jun 13
Jun 13

thank You sister!

Paulina Nayra
May 06
May 06

Oh dear. You are reminding me to walk, 10,000 steps, too. You explained it so well that anyone reading this will be inspired to walk, too. And when you incorporate prayer in your walking exercise, that makes walking a spiritual exercise because you are already taking care of both your body and spirit. And when you said that great ideas and thoughts were born from your walking routine, that sealed the deal. You influenced me to start walking tomorrow. See you along the way :-)

leila Kigha
Jun 13
Jun 13

see you along the way sister!
thank you for reading

Tamarack Verrall
May 08
May 08

Dear Leila,
This is all so true, and I have to ask myself why it is so hard to develop more of a routine and stick to it. Now that the ice and snow have disappeared here for awhile I am moving morning meditations back outside again with a mix of walking, running and allowing my mind to open to possibilities, in a nearby beautiful park. I love reading that a number of us are walking/running/meditating/praying to be the best we can be with this important work. You wrote this in November but I found it in Springtime, May. Thanks for this morning's inspiration! I'm heading out for a run in the sun.
Much love.

leila Kigha
Jun 13
Jun 13

yesssssssam
so glad to ready from you as always sister Tamarack!

anita shrestha
Jun 29
Jun 29

Nice

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