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The next time you find yourself craving a chocolate bar, go for your walking workout instead. A study found that when regular chocoholics didnąt indulge for three days, but took a 15-minute walk instead, their desire for chocolate subsided by 12 percent, while those who didnąt walk had more intense urges.
Exercise creates the same mood boosters that chocolate can, minus the calories!
A few years ago I used to walk 2 - 3 hours a day. Of course, I lived in Chicago, did not have a car and was too cheap to pay for public transportation. BUT I made that choice also. Meaning, when I had to go somewhere within walking distance (grocery store, friend's house, church, work, etc) I made a choice every morning to walk instead of take the bus, get a ride, etc. It was so much easier and exciting than the treadmill.
Once I started walking to my destination the time flew by. AND once I walked there it made no sense to me to NOT walk back. So that meant daily trips to the grocery store, etc. But it seems like so much less of an effort when you are walking to a destination as opposed to using gym equipment. Try it!
I have found that if I get injured or sick, instead of stopping my workouts entirely I just slow down. I get up at the same time and do a modified version of my regular routine (for example, a slow steady walk instead of a run). This keeps my mind and body in the exercise habit.
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