This post is part of my cornerstone content, written years ago, updated for today and still inspiring wisdom and deep understanding.

In the beginning

Garrett and I heading out for a walk.

I started walking back in ’99, once I realized I was pregnant with my son, Garrett. At first, it was a way to quit craving a cigarette, but then after giving birth, I continued walking, enjoying the fresh air and opportunity to clear my head. It’s also when I’ve come up with my best ideas, including the You’re the Boat analogy.

Since then, I make a point to take a walk just about every day. For a long time, my chocolate lab, Tootsie, was my walking partner, but now Garrett joins me for a daily 3-mile cruise around our neighborhood.

Let’s raise the vibration.

One day, as I was walking through a foot of fresh powder, my thighs burning, calves pumping, I thought, “These endorphins feel amazing!  I wish I could share this feeling with everyone!

“Since endorphins act on the opiate receptors in our brains, they reduce pain and boost pleasure, resulting in a feeling of well-being. Endorphins are released in response to pain or stress, but they’re also released during other activities, like eating, exercise, or sex.”

So I put together a bunch of songs to inspire you to get out and get moving!

If at all possible, do yourself a favor and take a walk. Whether outside or on a treadmill, once you get moving, the rush from those endorphins will make it worth your while!

*If you can’t walk for some reason, there are other alternative exercises that can help get your blood pumping: biking, swimming, dancing, or even boxing. The point is to have fun and enjoy being in your body while giving your mind a rest.

Oh Yeah!

Those should put a little glide in your stride, a bump in your grind, a little boogie in your bunda!

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman

Go ahead and enjoy your walk!  Swing your arms, bob your head, get into it!!  That’s what kickstarts the endorphins!

If you see people looking at you funny (and they probably will) just smile and wave at them!

You’re inspiring them to take a walk, too!

What do you think, my friendly blog reader?

Do you like to walk?

Do you have a favorite walking song?

I’d love to read about it in the comments below.

xoxo Pam

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