How to do it
Take a walk today, and pretend that you're a member of a marching band. Lift your knees higher than your normal walking gait. If you need to stop for a few minutes during the walk, march in place. While marching, swing your arms. If you're feeling daring, twirl an imaginary baton or play an invisible drum or other air instrument with gusto.
Why it matters
Studies have shown that students who participate in school marching bands have improved fitness levels and decreased instances of obesity. Even if you're not musically inclined, by marching outside on the sidewalk (or in place inside your home if you're shy), you can reap the cardiovascular benefits of this activity while also engaging leg and core muscles as you lift your knees and feet off the ground.
Er, well...I already did a 40-minute walk around the neighborhood woods before I read this, so I don't think I will go out again.
I learned a mindfulness dance at theThe Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tuscon, AZ last month. That was a contemplative intensive retreat called the "Pathless Path." One of my favorite things was when we did this dance (all 36 of us) to this exquisitely beautiful music. It always made me cry. I have the music and I will do this meditative dance tonight. You can lift you legs up pretty high doing the steps to the dance and you can just become the dance.
Got to go prepare dinner, now...
"Take a walk and pretend you're in a marching band: Lift your knees high and swing your arms"