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The exercise that I enjoy most of all, is walking out in nature with my dog, Stjarna. For me it is a spiritual practise as well as a physical one. I have rheumatoid arthritis, so that means finding an exercise solution that works the best for me on a daily basis. Unfortunately, when it is cold and windy out - as it often is in my native Iceland - I cannot go for a walk outdoors as it affects my RA, so I go instead on the treadmill. Whether it be outside on a walk with Stjarna, or on my treadmill, I like to use the time to listen to inspirational podcasts, audiobooks or, lately, school lectures.

Since I started using my fitness tracker some time ago, it has pushed me to be more conscious on moving and to meet my daily step goal. It works really well for me to have a daily goal like that is in front of my eyes whenever I look at my watch. I am currently a full-time student, which involves a lot of sitting in front of the computer; but with a goal in mind, I break up my study time and go for a walk, usually twice a day.

When starting out The Mayo Clinic recommends adding 1000 daily steps a day until you reach your goal. So if you are used to walking lets say 4000 steps per day, set your goal to 5000 steps and before you know it you will be reaching your goal. It might also be helpful for beginners while incorporating this new practice, to park the car a bit further than usual, stand up from your desk (like I do) or if you are lets say out shopping, to add extra 5 minute walk throughout your day etc. You will be surprised by the subtle changes that add to your overall wellbeing. The general recommendation is at least 30 minutes of physical exercise per day. What's most important though is making regular physical activity part of your lifestyle.

HikingCalifornia

I have set an annual goal for myself - I am going to walk 1,500 km in 2017. This distance is only slightly more than the "Ring Road" in Iceland, which is about 1,330 km (830 miles). This is a task that will keep me busy, but one that I can see myself achieving as long as I walk an average of 30km each week. So far, I am doing super well and exceeding my goal, which is great as it will allow for a relaxing sunny holiday soon, which I am craving after a long stint at university.

For those interested in what podcasts and books I´ve been listening to lately, I'll be putting together another blog soon about the podcasts and audiobooks that I am listening to at the moment.

Now go on, and add some steps to your day!


BeachWalk

The photos are from several walks and hikes I have taken in the past few months, from a snowy beach in Iceland

to the hot desert in California, where I went hiking with a group of friends, including my daughter and our dog.

Reference: The Mayo Clinic

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