Practical Daily Walking
realizing some everyday things I'm grateful for
Date: 2/1/2008 1:25:44 PM ( 9 y ) ... viewed 3247 times
Everywhere I go lately I am reminded that walking each day is a good and practical form of exercise for me, for now. Both my son and my daughter belong to gyms and workout daily. They have been an inspiration for me with their focused and goal-oriented discipline. Neither of them have really ever been overweight, either. Their dad has been, although he's exercised in a disciplined and regular way quite a bit over the years. He's dealing with blood sugar issues. So am I.
There's where my gratitude for CureZone comes into play. I learn so much on CureZone and much of it I have put into practice in my daily life. Haven't attained absolute optimum health perfection nirvana yet, but who has?
Sometimes the everyday, ho-hum, routine stuff is what one needs to do in order to attain and maintain a healthy weight and state of body balance.
Not all walks are as interesting as some of those I've described in prior blogs. Walks can take place anywhere that it is possible to walk steadily for a half an hour or more.
A few days ago I visited a friend who is partially homebound due to an as-yet-undiagnosed condition that has affected her ability to sit in a chair, lift anything heavier than a piece of paper--and she is under instruction to lie down on her back and look up at the ceiling for a certain amount of time each day. She is also instructed to walk for 6 minutes...not sure how many times a day. So I went with her on her 6 minute walk. We just walked in the suburban townhome complex where she's staying for now, as it's impractical for her to be at her beloved mountain cabin for the time being.
What I realized in that short time was that any walking is good walking and it doesn't matter where you do it, it still feels the same, like exercise, and getting out and getting moving.
As one grows older, any act of getting moving has an immense value. It can also inspire gratefulness.
I've dealt with some health issues in what I would like to believe is a proactive and solution-focused way over the past several years, and through it all I've continued with my walking. Probably not as often as I had originally intended, but never stopped entirely. What I'm grateful for is that I have the energy to walk. I can walk for a long time if I want to. Sometimes one of my legs has a slight pain in it, and steep uphill grades are challenging but not impossible by any means.
As I spent time with my friend I realized I have a lot to be grateful for. I need to use that energy I have for walking and walk. Doesn't matter where. Safety is an issue, of course, in some areas. You know what that means for you, hopefully. For each of us, that's different.
Daytime is safer, and being close to where there are other people around and carrying a working, charged cell phone with you is not a bad idea, just in case you need to call for help. Drinking water is essential, of course. If it's going to be a long walk, a healthy energy bar could be packed in a fanny pack for the journey. If the weather changes a lot where you're going walking, be ready to put on warmer clothing or to carry unneeded warm clothing in case you get too warm during the walk and need to shed layers.
I am grateful to be able to walk. Two legs, and a bit of discipline and determination. Here we go...
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