We hate to wait in line. We get impatient if a website takes longer than two seconds to load. In some cities, they have what’s known as a “honk-o-second.” That’s the teeny little space between the time the light changes to green and the person behind you honks before you can move your foot to the gas pedal.
And with a walking program or any other exercise? We get frustrated because we want results and we want them NOW. We hate to wait.
Remember the “goldfish statistic?” In early 2015, Microsoft Corp published the results of a study showing that the average American has an attention span of 8.25 seconds and reminded us that a goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds. Ouch.
Speaking of your attention span, there’s another statistic that shows you’ll only read about 28% of the average webpage (approximately 593 words). By the end of this paragraph, you’ll be at 178 words. So, hold on to you’re span, baby! We promise to get you what you need with just a few more. Ready?
3 Things a Walking Program Can Do for You NOW
- Improve Your Memory. Studies show that completing 15 minutes of moderate exercise leads to faster reaction times on working memory tasks directly after exercise. These findings imply that concentrated sessions of cardio exercise may help circulate your attention and memory resources more effectively. This helps to enhance your mental functioning. One of the most motivating conclusions in a published study showed moderate exercise can provide immediate benefits no matter your age. So, lace up your shoes, strap on your Fitbit or other wearable device and start your own walking program.
- Provide Confidence and Improve Your Mood. Yes, that’s correct. One study surveyed nearly 2,000 young people over 23 different trials. They found that consistent exercise greatly improved self-confidence and provided a mood boost. Exercise significantly helped those showing anxiety and signs of depression.
- You’ll Have Radiant, Glowing Skin. Everyone enjoys looking healthy and happy. A rise in your body’s temperature will increase blood flow to your skin.
You can do this! And you won’t even have to wait months and months to see results. It only takes 20 minutes of moderate cardio exercise to improve your mood and make you feel better.
Another study researched college students who exercised (jogging) at three different levels of intensity. Most of us would assume that those exercising at the highest intensity would benefit the most, right? Turns out that no substantial difference between intensity or mood benefits after exercise was reported.
This means that even if your really tired and can’t push yourself as hard, you’ll still finish your workout or your walk feeling better. It’s a win-win all the way around.
Document Your Feelings for Posterity (or Yourself)
You’re almost to the end of this page with a few words to spare. If you finish it, you can pat yourself on the back for not being part of the 28% we mentioned earlier. We’re leaving you with a tip to help you keep exercising.
It’s easy to forget how great it feels when we are consistently exercising. So, we recommend an audio reminder. It’s quick and easy: Use your phone. Record a voice memo describing how you feel after exercising. That’s it. Each time you feel like dragging your feet on the way to the treadmill, replay your audio clip. It’ll make you feel good about exercising. Immediately. No waiting. We like that.