The Wonderful World Of Walking

The Wonderful World Of Walking

Make exercise enjoyable by going for a walk.

I used to have a hard time motivating myself to exercise. When I started high school, I no longer could participate in after school sports like I had before. This left me to workout on my own. Some days coming home from school, I would have to talk myself into going for a run or going to the gym. I remember desiring to just go on a walk instead of running. If I did go run on the trails near my house, I would walk after and just enjoy the nature surrounding me.

Very often did I search online, “Walking vs. Running,” in order to find justification for not running. I used to think that exercise had to include tough cardio or else it doesn’t count as a workout. But I really enjoyed walking and being outside and exploring nearby neighborhoods or trails relaxed me. I never thought walking could count as a workout until I realized that throughout history, walking was the only form of exercise for most people.

Looking at the lifestyles of people in the past, most did manual labor and getting from point A to point B by walking. Living an active lifestyle prevented most from needing an extra workout in their day to stay fit. Nowadays, most people live sedentary lives. People wake up, sit down to eat breakfast, sit in their car as they drive to work, sit at their desk at work, sit while they eat lunch, and sit in their desk chair until they drive home at the end of the day. A day of inactivity then motivates people to include a daily workout to stay in shape. For some in today’s world, exercising has become a dreadful time of day. People find it hard to motivate themselves. They don’t realize that just including walking in your day can be enough.

You lose weight by creating a calorie deficit. Burn more than you consume and the pounds will shed. It’s true that walking doesn’t burn as many calories as running will. However, walking is still an activity that will burn calories and help you stay in shape. Walking creates less pressure on your joints, so it’s an ideal workout for people with pain in their knees. Also, walking comes with many health benefits. Personally, after walking for an hour or two, I always find myself able to think clearer and I tend to be in a better mood. Getting away from the hectic world just by leisurely walking gives you time to think.

Now that I’m in college and I walk over 10,000 steps a day, I have no problem finding the motivation to workout. When I want to go do sprints or go to the gym, I will. But if I don’t, that’s fine, too, because my day is already full of activity. In my junior year of high school, I read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and quickly it became my favorite book. I adored reading about Elizabeth Bennett and her walks to Netherfield. Even she walked for exercise! When my mom and I took a trip to New York City, we walked up and down Manhattan. By the end of the day, we walked over nine miles. That definitely counted as a workout and we enjoyed every second of it.

Walking is a great form of exercise for anyone and Jane Austen thought so too. Slip on some shoes and get out there.
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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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