Walking Counts + A Few Recent Meals

 

Before we talk about food, I really want to highlight a comment I received on Monday’s post from Sara in which she thanked me for including walks as part of my workout recaps.

Do you know much it bothers me when other people leave out that they took a walk because they call that “a rest day?”

Why don’t people consider walking an exercise? Why is walking so downplayed as if it’s nothing and doesn’t count?

This annoys me so much because running isn’t the only exercise. Walking counts!

If you ask me, it’s crucial for long-term overall health and well-being to learn how to reduce those high-impact activities and balance them with lower impact exercises in your workout routine.

I think it comes down to some people being uncomfortable with not running almost every day as if nothing else counts as much as running. Too much of anything is never a good idea. It’s really okay to NOT run every day or even close to every day.

I think a lot of those people who focus solely on running, who consider a walk a rest day (or who don’t walk at all), will at some point burn out or break down in one form or another.

Here are a few articles in favor of walking and why it benefits our health:

Why Walking is the Most Underrated Form of Exercise

7 Health Benefits of Walking

12 Full-Body Walking Benefits

Walking For Health

Should you walk or run for exercise? Here’s what the science says.

And now, on to some food.

I had this plate of grandma pizza (from La Piazza) with a salad X two for dinner.

I’m not sure why I cut this particular grandma slice in half, I don’t normally do that.

grandma pizza

This is not the best picture of oatmeal but here it is anyway. I had this oatmeal after my beach run – the oatmeal was mixed with peanut butter, cinnamon, chia seeds, blueberries, and cherries.

oatmeal

My Chopt salads never look too exciting but I really enjoy them. I think it’s the crispy chickpeas in place of quinoa that took things up a notch as of late.

chops salad

Oh, speaking of salad, this summer I am totally back to making this salad combination on a very regular basis for lunch at home. I created the combo a few years ago – I think it’s extra delicious in the summer.

Here’s what’s in the salad:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Chickpeas
  • Feta Cheese

Lately, I do add cucumbers to the original salad combo and my favorite dressing at moment is the Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Dressing.

This is an old picture of the salad combo.

favorite salad

One more slice of pizza to share today! I had a vegetable slice for a change from Mario’s.

vegetable pizza

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