Wednesday, October 16

Caring for Myself Body and Soul 16:
Walking with a friend

Exercise.  Exercise.  I know, I know.  You know, too, don't you?  We all know how much we need to exercise.  So we do it--not necessarily because we want to do it, but because it's good for us.

For me, there's one kind of exercise that's good for me in every way--good for my body and my soul.  And that's walking with a friend.

So today I made a date to walk with one of my best friends, Libby Acuff.  (Now for a little shameless name-dropping: Libby is the mom of New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff.)  Isn't she the cutest thing?

Brené Brown speaks about the need to have the kind of friend "who would help you move a body."  Libby is that kind of friend for me.  Fortunately I've never needed that particular kind of help, but Libby has talked and prayed and loved me through some really tough times over the years.

Libby and I walked and talked today for an hour and a half.  Honestly, it seemed like 15 minutes.  When I exercise by myself, I have to find something to occupy my mind or else the time drags oh-so-slowly.  When I walk with a friend like Libby, the time whizzes by.

If you're in need of some encouragement, I highly recommend walking with a friend.  It'll raise your heart rate and your spirits at the same time!

Do you have a friend "who would help you move a body"?  When was the last time you walked with her (or him)?

This post is the sixteenth entry in a 31-day series: Caring for Myself Body and Soul.  
Click here for a list of all the posts in this series.


  1. I love walking outside, even when the weather's not so great! My husband and I walk almost every morning. It's a great time for us to just talk one on one with no distractions or interruptions.

  2. I love walking-when I'm not running. It is great for conversation. And just to be out and about.

  3. What a cutie your friend is. I do enjoy a walking with friends and it is good not only for the body, but studies are showing that it is a good exercise to prevent Alzheimer's also. Let's all do some more walking!

  4. She sounds like a joy to be around. I DO have a friend that would help me move a body---or two---lol I am sorry to say she lives about 6 hours away so I suppose I should ice the body (or two) until she gets here? Good for your for exercising!!! xo Diana

  5. Oh, Richella, I have long enjoyed the benefits of walking with a sister in Christ. We have prayed the miles away! It is a gift for body and soul. No doubt about it. Even my dog, when a sister isn't available, keeps me accountable to do good things for my body. And I'm sure he's praying along with me as we go :)


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