Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I was asked the other day why I try to walk so fast or so far. The person who asked me said she and her husband walk about 2-3 miles at about 3.5 mph. First, let me say, Any activity at all, is always going to better than none. Always. Read "The First Twenty Minutes".
The simple answer is because I can.
The longer answer is because I couldn't used to. I didn't walk at all. I sat on the sofa all day. I was depressed. In fact, I laid on the sofa all day. Then I began the 10 minute spark challenge. I exercised 10 minutes. Eventually I had more stamina. I felt a sense of accomplishment that I could do more. It's true. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.
I began to find myself eating more healthy. I got the nike app. It tells you each mile how far you have gone, and how fast. It keeps a tally of your miles. When I walked, I told myself how much my body loved the ability to metabolize my blood sugar better. My body loved metabolizing my cholesterol better. I told myself that all along the way when I wasn't singing along to the music.
I started to go faster because I told myself I could stop when I finished the route. Then, I told myself that wasn't long enough. So I went farther. Now, I seem to have settled on about 5 miles. It takes me long enough. It's far enough to add challenge to the time. It gives me a high that you can only achieve with exercise. It sets the day right.
I'm not depressed. My blood sugar is better. My cholesterol is better. My blood pressure is better. My cats are happier. We are all happier. So, why am I now run walking?
Because I can!