1000 MILE CHALLENGE

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If you can walk 2.75 miles a day, 20 miles a week for 50 weeks, you can walk 1000 miles in a year!

Welcome to the 1000 mile Challenge

Improve Your Life One Step at a Time!
Make the Commitment to yourself! Join us in this challenge

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Make the commitment to yourself!

Join us in this challenge

What an incredible journey it has been. Last year when I made this challenge to hike 1000 miles I was in pretty rough shape in all ways. I had sore knees, elbows, was more overweight than I had ever been, and recently diagnosed with diabetes. I was physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually drained. All I could do was literally put one foot in front of the other. I could walk. One step at a time.

1000 miles later I am 35 pounds lighter, free from diabetes, my knees are strong and I am healthier than we have been in years. I began to learn how to overcome deep life wounds and false beliefs that kept me imprisoned in self-defeating thoughts, depression, anxiety and self-destructive behaviors.

When I began to walk, heart shaped rocks appeared as if they were placed before me, a love note from Mother Nature, the Universe, God. A sign I was on the right path. What kept me going some days. Today I have hundreds of heart shaped rocks. They are all very special, a symbol of love and hope. I also became very mindful of the beauty all around, the flowers that seemed to be placed just for me, and the animals that crossed my path. I stepped onto the path of authenticity, internal knowingness, self-confidence, self-love and care. I stepped into my true power, knowing that we am the creator of my reality, the author of my story and truly understanding and experiencing “as within so without”. The veils I hid behind began to lift. Immersing in the stillness of Nature, I heard the whispers of my soul and experienced the joy, freedom and excitement of finally dancing with my shadows, integrating the dark into light, on a path to wholeness. In the still of Nature I found clarity, vision, passion, and the sacredness of my soul. I found myself.

Make the challenge today. Give yourself the gift of transformation.

YOU'VE TAKEN THE FIRST STEP TO TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE!

When you register for this challenge you will receive:
Supportive community through our Whispers of Nature Facebook Group

Improve Your Life One Step at a Time!

As always, before you begin a new exercise program, check with your doctor first. As long as you’re cleared for exercise, walking for weight loss is a great place to start. These tips will help you create a walking fitness plan that fits within your abilities and helps you lose weight.

  1. Begin slowly.

Even though walking is as natural as breathing, you still need to give your body time to adapt to the increased demands you’re putting on it. So don’t begin your walking program with a 10-mile hike. If you’ve been inactive for several years, begin with as little as 15 minutes walking per day, five or six days per week.

  1. Note your starting point.

Can you sustain 15 minutes of continuous walking without becoming overly tired or sore the next day? If not, dial it back to 10 minutes per day. If 15 minutes is comfortable, keep up that level for a week before you try to increase your time.

  1. Find the right pace.

There is no right speed to walk–there is only a right speed for you. The pace that’s right for you is the pace you can sustain for 15 minutes at a time, gradually building up to 30 minutes. You should be breathing deeply, but not out of breath or gasping for air. You should be able to talk, but not sing.

  1. Keep Track of your course.

When you’re just getting started, the time you spend walking is more important than the distance you cover, but it can be comforting to know where you’re going and fun to track where you’ve been. Whether you’re at home, at your in-laws, or on a trip, you can easily keep track of your course.

  1. Challenge yourself, but be smart!

If your goal is weight loss, you want to build up to walking at least 30 minutes and preferably 60 minutes per day, at least five or six days per week. But don’t expect to reach your goal in a week or two. Plan to increase the time you spend walking by about 10% per week, and you’ll continue to progress without risking overuse injury and fatigue. (That means it will take you about 3 months to build up from 15 minutes per day to 30 minutes per day.)

  1. Track your progress.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re chasing fitness goals, financial goals or personal goals; tracking your progress makes you more likely to hit your target. Keeping a log of your walks gives you concrete proof that you’re doing what you set out to do, and that you’re making steady progress toward your goal.

  1. Think tortoise, not hare.

You remember the story of the tortoise and the hare; the slow and steady tortoise beats the speedy hare who gets distracted and loses sight of his goal. Walking is a very moderate exercise program, and you’re not going to lose 10 pounds a week. But if you combine regular, moderate walking with a healthy diet, you can develop the lifestyle habits that will help you lose weight over time and keep it off for good.

  1. You talk.

Whispers of Nature 1000 Mile Challenge has the best Facebook group in the world! You can get ideas, help, make friends, share your walks, arrange meet-ups or just shoot the breeze.

  1. You Celebrate!

We celebrate every milestone, in Photos, Facebook, Badges, and Certificates.

If you lost the weight, walked the miles, celebrated a birthday, graduation or anniversary while

walking or hiking, any reason to celebrate, we want to know and celebrate with you.

An invitation to Whispers of Nature Annual Celebration Event where you will be

recognized for your awesome transformation and accomplishment, and awarded your

Patch and Certificate.

  • You will receive a 500 or/and 1000 mile embroidered patch. Completed challenge patch.
  • A Certificate of Completion.

 A Whispers of Nature T-Shirt of your choice

THIS WILL BE AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.

At the beginning you may become tired, sore and discouraged, but please do not give up. Do not quit. Get a partner, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, a walking partner will make all the difference.

Other than a walking partner, the next best thing you need is a good pair of sneakers; don't wear the ones you've had for several years, get a good pair, and good doesn't mean expensive, and start walking.

Pace yourself when you first get started, keep a log of your walks, write your distance of course, but write if you saw something awesome, or went a different route, make a note if you were winded or sore. You'll soon realize that you are enjoying more, seeing more, embracing it more and then you'll look back and say, I can't believe I walked that far! I CAN DO THIS!

We WILL DO IT!

If you’re a beginning exerciser or a busy Baby Boomer or Senior, walking is the easiest exercise to get you on your way to losing weight. It’s easy to integrate into your daily routine, and for most people it’s a really painless way to increase your activity level.

Walking Tips

When do we go?

Walk at a time of day and on days of the week when you will enjoy walking most! If you’re a morning person then get up and go when you get out of bed. Some of us like to wait for a friend or spouse to go with us. Others like waking after a long day. There is no right or wrong time to walk. We do suggest picking a time that you will stick with and be able to do most days of the week. Most sources recommend a minimum of no less than 150 minutes a week that’s just 30 minutes a day five days a week!

How do we start walking?

It is easy to begin. Just move! We suggest starting by setting a goal. Your health care provider, a family member, friend or colleague might be able to help you with setting a goal. You can begin by setting a goal to walk for a specific number of minutes, a specific distance or number of steps. Any goal is good just be sure to make it something that you understand and will be able to keep up with. Any activity is better than no activity at all. Why should you start walking? Walking for 30 to 60 minutes each day is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit.

Here are great reasons to start walking.

  1. Walkers Live Longer
  2. Walking Boosts Bone Density
  3. You Can Walk Off Weight
  4. Walking Boosts Memory & Creativity
  5. Walking Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
  6. Walking Reduces Diabetes Risk
  7. Quality Time With Others & Nature
  8. Walking Improves Mood and Relieves Stress
  9. Walking Gets You Outdoors
  10. It’s Easy to Get Started Walking

Did you know?

A typical number of steps per mile is between 2,000 and 2,500 steps.
Below is a simple estimation to help you determine yours steps.

HeightSteps per MileHeightSteps per Mile
4'10"2,6015'8"2,218
4'11"2,5575'9"2,186
5'0"2,5145'10"2,155
5'1"2,4735'11"2,125
5'2"2,4336'0"2,095
5'3"2,3956'1"2,067
5'4"2,3576'2"2,039
5'5"2,3216'3"2,011
5'6"2,2866'4"1,985
5'7"2,252

Track Your Walks
Please download our Walking Log to keep track of your walks and help yourself stay motivated.

Brag! Boast! Dare! Challenge Others!

You have the right. You should be proud of what you are doing. Let your family and friends know. Challenge them to join you.

Share with your hikes and progress on our Facebook Group, Twitter, or Instagram.

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