The bad thing about not driving is a good thing.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I don't drive. Not because I don't have a car, even though I don't (though my partner does), and not because I can't, cos I have driven before, and owned cars.
The reason I don't drive is because it freaks me out, but that's something for a different post.
The point I'm coming to is that since I don't drive that means I have to either walk, bus, taxi or get a ride from someone. Since I'm not made of money taxis are out. Buses can be can be unreliable, don't always go to where you want, or aren't necessary for shorter distances, so they're out more often that not. And I don't think it's fair on my friends to always be asking them for rides, so I don't really ask for them unless it's important or an emergency.
That leaves walking. And like I have previously mentioned in other blog posts with walking my daughter to pre-school and back that equates to about 2 hours walking a day, 3 days a week.
This is something I have to do. I have to take her to pre-school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. And I have to pick her up in the afternoons as well. No matter what, that is what I do.
The only bad thing is that I even have to do it when it's cold, wet and windy.

Then again..... Who could ask for better motivation to keep up the exercise?

I can't give in to any excuses; "I'm too tired", "It's too cold and/or wet outside", "I just can't be bothered today", "I have a wee bit of a sore foot". I can't let the excuses win because then I would be letting my daughter down, and hampering her education.

In another 7 months she will be starting primary school (OMG that is getting too close), and then I will be walking her there 5 days a week. Sure, it probably wont be as far as I walk now, but something is better than nothing.

Now if only I could apply that kind of motivation to other aspects of my life.
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  • JDRR22
    I walk as much as possible, as I don't have a car and cannot drive. And, btw, 7km isn't that far. My friend walks that daily to and from work, and he makes the trip home and to work a few times a day. I love walking, when there's a purpose, or with company. It's great exercise, it's free, and I love walking on wet and windy days, down by the water, watching the waves come up over the wall. It's a 2.2km round trip for me from home/work and back, and that's only 25 minutes or less of my time :). I can only imagine the distance you're covering in that length of time for your walks!
    2254 days ago
    I wish I could walk to work, but 7km with a laptop is a little far! that is such a superb way of getting in exercise! I loved doing the same when I stayed at my sisters, walked the kids and the dog to school!
    2255 days ago
    I also don't have a car, and I bike pretty much everywhere no matter what the weather. But today I was leaving for work and found a flat tire so had to walk in the storm and begged a ride home, because dark and stormy for a 30min walk is much worse than dark and stormy for a 10 min bike ride.
    So many SP seem to have problems getting ANY expercise, for people like you and me we have a baseline of daily exercise just for going through our lives and that puts us ahead of the game in terms of health and fitness.
    2255 days ago
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