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  • Writer's pictureBecky Proctor

Make each step count!

Few of us are walking a seaside labyrinth today, but we may be walking in our neighborhoods, through a store, or through our homes.

Those of us who are not physically mobile can even harness the power of imagination by closing our eyes and taking a stroll down some well known path in our memories -- the street we lived on, the path to school, the walk to a friend's house.

As we walk, we can harness the power of the brain and the breath to promote wellness.

Here's how it's done:

Inhale for four steps, exhale eight steps. Repeat.

As you establish the rhythm (maybe even counting aloud), let your chest and ribs expand on the inhale and on the exhale, pull in your stomach.

Let your body be tall and proud. Relax your shoulders. Allow your arms to swing naturally. Look out toward the horizon, not down at your feet.

Visualize each breath you take is bringing better health and vitality into every area of your body (because it is!) Let each long exhalation carry out stress and anything else you do not need in your life today.

If it all sounds too complicated, humor me. The next time you walk out of the necessary room, on the way back to your easy chair, keep walking. Just for a couple minutes.

Like me, you may just find you can make a big difference in how you feel mentally and physically with this simple practice.

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