Happy October friends! What a pleasure it is to write this blog while visiting the seashore. In just a few days we’ve found respite and calm. And there’s no better place to take a walk than on the beach!

While lacing up my sneakers, I noticed how so many folks are strolling along the water. Some at a brisk pace, while others are taking in the sights, putting one foot in front of the other. It’s a beautiful day and I’m eager to get started. Equipped with a watch that calculates my steps, and a small belt pack for necessities, I join the group of smiling faces. There’s a lightness in my step as my body is carrying 40 less pounds of weight. In just one year, what a difference a daily walk has made.

Walking is to be human. It’s our body’s means of transportation. Besides that, there are so many benefits!  First and foremost, walking is free. All one really needs is a good pair of walking shoes or sneakers.  An exercise that is “kind to our joints,” has also shown to improve our sleep. No question, taking steps can help lighten our load, both physically and mentally. On many occasions, I’ve noticed that the more steps I take, the better my mood becomes.

Although it’s a simple routine, the hardest part for me was to actually take the first step! New at this sport, my health journey started almost a year ago. A journey that has made such a difference, that I’d like to share my story with each of you.

Christmas Eve, 2020, the Covid pandemic was affecting our entire planet. Most holiday traditions had been canceled due to a mandatory lock down. My children would not be home this year. Instead of attending a Christmas Eve service, I was seated in front of the computer, when I saw a post that resonated with me. I recognized the name because I’d read a similar message from the same person two years prior, but ignored the content. It was December 24th, 2020 and I weighed more than I ever had.

As a highly skilled executive my job was to oversee a large leadership team and their sales representatives. I’d held a career in dental hygiene for decades, raised two wonderful children on my own and cared for a home. Surviving breast cancer and a horrific car accident made the list, too. Along with the recent publication of a novel, humbly, my accomplishments were many. Yet why couldn’t I get a handle on my weight?

It was the day after Christmas when I received a call that would change my life. Dr. Chris Puglisi, a certified health coach had gotten my message. We talked for a while and as skeptical as I was, her genuine interest in helping me was beyond impressive.

They say that “The teacher will appear when the student is ready.” I was certainly ready! Dr. Chris gave me a super simple program and most importantly, helped me to develop healthier habits. Her patience and encouragement to “take the first steps” with a walking routine has helped restore my energy and much more.

In today’s fast paced world, we owe it to ourselves to take a break from the phone, emails, and daily commitments. Walk where the Wi-fi is weak; if possible, walk in silence. Chose a walking route near your home. Maybe look for a scenic place in your area such as a trail or on the beach. Can you envision your spirits lifting and stress melting? For me, I’ve discovered walking at a local cemetery where my dad is laid to rest. The beautiful green setting is peaceful and safe. The hills allow my heart and muscles to work while my mind unwinds.

If you’d like, ask a friend or family member to walk with you. When commuting, get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way. We can walk for health and for our planet!

Recently, I spoke to my daughter who has a very full plate. Before hanging up she said, “Mom, I’m going to sit here for a while and do nothing.” Wow! Words I never expected to hear from her. As a manager and advisor for years in demanding Fortune 300 and Ivy League environments, Kaitlyn excelled but it took its toll. Today she helps managers and executives achieve healthy high-performance and she advocates walking for them as a daily habit for well-being.


In the story “All That I Had,” Catherine and her siblings walked to school every morning. At lunchtime, they would hike home then return to school. At the end of the day, they took the same route home, all on foot. Today, at the age of 98, Catherine is still walking! Daily walking contributes to longevity and fulfillment.

If you aren’t a walker yet, I invite you to take those first steps. Once you’ve started, chances are you’ll find a walking regimen that will work perfectly for you!


Readers, thanks for taking the time to read my article. Continue to stay safe and look out for one another. If you are a walker or are starting this journey, I’d love to hear from you!


Enjoy the season,

Kathy Ann Corse



Tips to stay safe while walking:

Walk in well-lit areas and areas designated for walkers.

Wear reflective clothing if you walk in the evening or early hours.

Wear comfortable sneakers or shoes.

To stay hydrated, drink water before and after your walk.

Even on cloudy days, wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

This article has been dedicated to Dr. Chris Puglisi, my health coach, who helps many people “lead from the future and act in the now.” Thank you for making such a wonderful difference in my life.
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