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.

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    I'm glad you found something you enjoy. That is the key to keeping with it.

    As a wife of a Vietnam Vet (whose damage was not physical), I appreciate that you visit vets. emoticon
    2762 days ago
    Awesome blog! Thank you for inspiring me this morning! emoticon
    2762 days ago
    I liked your post AND the comment about visiting veterans at the VA - thanks so much for doing that!! My dad was in the VA Long Beach hospital's spinal cord injury group and we met MANY vets who were unable to walk, many from combat-related injuries. It did [and still does] make me very grateful that I am able to walk.

    2762 days ago
  • WANDAC2013
    Great job! Just as you are inspired by the perseverence of others, many are inspired by yours!!!
    2763 days ago
  • STACYE13
    emoticon That was awesome! Great motivation.
    2763 days ago
    Great blog! I love the veterans too! I salute them in all they have sacrificed for all of us!! I was in the Army reserve for 14 years to do a little giving back!! But when a patriotic song comes on the radio of television it hits me right in the heart of where my patriotism comes from. I am the only member of my family that served at all and there are 4 of us. I am also the only one who went and graduated from college. This was not because of the military but they encouraged me to be all I could be and for that I appreciate my life and my freedoms!! Thank you for all you to do!! emoticon emoticon
    2763 days ago
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