The Wonders Of Walking!
Have you discovered the wonders of walking? Today is the beginning of the rest of this year! This year I can invest in my future or I can squander it away, I choose to invest it. Specifically I choose to invest it in things that can make a difference. Several years ago I discovered the wonders of walking - and it has made a difference. I was motivated by my Aunt Agnes, a book I read and memories of my neighbor and parents.
As a young teenager I remember my neighbor Mr. Brooks being struck with cancer. When he finally returned to our neighborhood he religiously walked around the block at least an hour a day. I distinctly remember seeing him every afternoon walking with his brown wooden walking stick. As my parents grew older they also discovered the wonders of walking as well. Every day they’d walk around the block or sometimes they’d drive to The Anniston Museum Of Natural History to walk around the trails and sometimes they even drove to Oxford Lake for a change of scenery and to walk. I’d join them on occasion and this was my real introduction to walking for health
Fast Forward 20 years:
My Aunt Agnes and Uncle Jerry came from Alabama to Singapore several years ago to visit us. Aunt Agnes told me then of running in 10K’s, half marathons and marathons. As a silver haired beautiful retiree she has always been the epitome of perfect health. To be fair I was already walking when she arrived albeit not consistently. She inspired me then to begin to walk every day. I took her challenge and begin to walk consistently through the neighborhood. “Why wait till you are 40 like I did?” she asked.
Somewhere along the line I came across a copy of the book “Walking” by Andrew Weil and Mark Fenton. This book also gave me an increase knowledge base about walking and propelled my motivation to commit to walking every day for the rest of my life.
Today on the first day of a brand new year I listened to this book as I walked an hour.
Lessons I was reminded of include:
1) Walking is the best form of exercise in the world for most people!
2) It is low cost, low risk, high reward and can be done most anywhere.
3) Even the most unhealthy and unfit person will benefit from a 5-10 minute intentional walk a day.
4) It is ideal to walk between 30-60 minutes a day for 3-6 days a week.
5) Walk faster to burn more calories. The 3 types of walking are for: a) health b) weight loss and maintenance and c) aerobic activity. The speeds normal, medium or fast coincide with each type walking type.
6) Walking is talked about in the book almost as a “silver bullet.” Research is talked about indicating that walking helps prevent or control cardiovascular problems, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, osteoporosis as well as depression and other emotional issues. This is some of the best wonders of walking ever, eh?
My challenge to myself, and to you is don’t wait till you are diagnosed with a major health crises - get out of your house and walk! Read the book “Walking” as I have done at least 5 times over the last 3 years. But don’t just read “Walking” get out and go walking and discover the wonders of walking
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