Sustainable wellness is achieved through coinciding lifestyle choices. Meaning, addressing only one portion of your well-being mutually exclusively will most likely not lead you to sustainable wellness. Sustainable wellness is by nature sustainable because we address ourselves emotionally, mentally, and physically concurrently to find cohesion. Just as in yoga, the mind, body, and spirit are connected when it comes to sustainable wellness. That being said, the physical activity I choose to participate in contributes to that cohesion and thus sustainable wellness.
As a yoga instructor I love yoga and believe in the science behind yoga. However, I also like to participate in other physical activities. One of my favorites being walking. I enjoy going for long walks and I walk almost every single day of the week. Walking is low impact and easier on the joints than most other exercise options. It is less taxing on the body making it a great sustainable option. As research shows, walking is also the recommended form of cardio for those with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. Since it is a low impact exercise, less cortisol is released than in running or in other high impact exercise. For those who have concerns with their adrenals, thyroid related health concerns, or have chronic stress, walking my be a better alternative for your sustainable wellness regimen.
Below is a diagram about some of the benefits of walking from My Fitness Pal:
As you can see in the diagram above, walking benefits more than just our physical body. There are mental and emotional benefits that contribute to that cohesion I mentioned earlier as well. Since walking is a great way to decompress and lower stress, it’s an easy choice for sustainable physical activity.
If you don’t do so already, try incorporating walking into your physical wellness routine. It may be just what you need for your sustainable wellness goals.
May you be well – Dominique