Why I Walk
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I suppose this is really a reminder to myself that although I need a healthier diet, it's not my only goal, or even my most important one. That distinction belongs to overall health, and regular exercise is perhaps its most important component.
For me, it may also be the most difficult. I really don't like exercise unless it's a team sport or group activity. Other than kayaking, I'm not involved with team sports, mostly (I tell myself, anyway) because group members are always much more athletic (and younger) than me. What I need is something like a city "Mediocre Volleyball Players" group, or mediocre softball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, etc. Unfortunately, the city has yet to implement my "Exercise Your Mediocrity!" campaign.
Today, however, my planned 20-25 minute walk turned into 45-minutes. No doubt, listening to Muddy Waters and James Brown helped, along with the loyal company of my somewhat geriatric Golden Retriever, who gamely accompanied me the whole way, only stopping a few times when she had over done.
I suppose the perseverance of animals and people inspires me. Some of the veterans I visit at the local VA cannot walk now, and some may never walk again. However, I see the silent determination, and I sense that they ask for nothing, certainly not sympathy. They gave of themselves in service, and they continue to give as veterans.
Why do I walk? For my health, for my family, and because I can. That's reason enough.