Habits That Work: My Daily Hallelujah

Getting regular exercise was always a challenge for me until I discovered the Leslie Sansone indoor walking program.

I loved to walk outside—at least that’s what I always told myself. It seemed that my daily walk was always the first thing to drop from my day. Perhaps I didn’t really love walking as much as I thought. It was too easy to find an excuse to skip my daily constitutional:

  • It’s too dark.
  • It’s too late.
  • It’s raining.
  • I don’t have enough time.
  • I’m getting a sore throat.

Walking at Home

All that changed when I discovered Leslie Sansone’s walk-at-home DVDs. With her indoor walking program, dark evenings, rainy days, or snow-covered sidewalks no longer mattered. I could walk one, two, three, four, or even five miles all in the comfort of my own living room—power walking in place, a few steps forward and a few steps back, side steps, kicks, knee-lifts, clapping, with arms raised, with arms outstretched, with hand weights or without. Some of her more challenging walks even included jogging.

I started looking forward to my daily “multi-muscle” walk with Leslie. Her enthusiasm was contagious. She was encouraging and energetic without being overly perky first thing in the morning. “Your body was not designed to sit still,” she would say. “Walk, walk, walk . . . walk away the stress, walk away the blues . . . you’re walking yourself healthy . . . you’re walking yourself fit.” As she raised her arms high, she would smile and say, “I just raise my arms to heaven, and say a little hallelujah!”

Each high-spirited mile was punctuated with laughter. On the DVD, her fellow walkers were women and men, younger and older, her daughter, a long-time friend—people who seemed to like each other and enjoy being together. They seemed glad to be walking, and I was glad to walk with them, too.

Leslie’s personal story also inspired me. She taught her first exercise class in Pennsylvania in a church basement. When she realized many people found traditional aerobics too challenging, she went on to develop her own more accessible walking program. Soon her classes filled up, and she now has over 70 million walk-at-home fans.

The rest of this article is hosted at The High Calling, so please continue there for Habits That Work: My Daily Hallelujah. I’m delighted to be part of this great series on habits designed to bring us closer to God.

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