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Just Do It

Saturday, May 23, 2020

I have avoided taking long walks because my legs aren't strong. I was afraid of walking too far and not being able to sit down or to return without falling. Finally, I decided that I was being cowardly, so I bought a walker with a seat and set out to walk as far as I could. I didn't go very far, but I sat down when I reached my limit, caught my breath and headed home. I know I will be able to increase the distance with time, so I'm not concerned about the distance.
What I am concerned about is that I allowed myself to avoid necessary exercise out of fear. Life is too short to allow worries to control my actions. I don't look like the coolest walker in the neighborhood, but who cares? I have such a sense of freedom now that I am using the walker. When my mother was 95 years old, she wouldn't use a cane because she said it made her look old. I was being just as silly. Maybe if I walk enough with the walker, my legs will get stronger and I won't even need it. Maybe not. Either way, looking like an old lady is not the worst thing I've done in my life, that's for sure.
The next time I realize I am avoiding something out of fear, I hope I will just do it!
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    You are living a better day each day that you do not let fear dictate your actions.
    11 days ago
    I have a friend whose knees were replaced. She gets her exercise walking up and down her driveway with her walker. emoticon
    11 days ago
    I need to take your advice !
    My eldest DD has been wheelchair bound since she was in her early 40's. She has never let that stop her !I have used a cane for several years.
    Now is the time to move on. I recently lost MY hubby of 57 1/2 yrs. I am almost 80yrs old.
    People think that I am a good 10yrs youngeR.

    11 days ago
    Way to go !One of the bravest walker in the neighbourhood in any case ! So inspiring, thank you for sharing !
    12 days ago
    You will ‘grow into this exercise modus’ nicely. I am now exercising perhaps 3 weeks, before I sat on the couch for 2 years... It was not comfortable the beginnings - the muscle soreness - but it goes away and I can feel strength coming slowly back. You will see results. This walking you do, 2mph, in abundance of oxygen in blood will melt the body fat. We need to dream yourselves into a better health and gain trust that we can achieve higher quality of life just by sparking :)) step by step. Take care, Barb, Ivana
    12 days ago
    Way to keep improving. Give yourself a goal each day that is just a little bit more then the day beforem
    12 days ago
    Good for you to be brave & focus on the longterm benefit of health.
    12 days ago
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