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Working with folks, to set health care goals, I frequently ask that the goal only require that one task be worked on. I have a feeling that I never see new walkers/runners for a second or third time because they set out to do that along with several other things. In reality, it was just too much.
For at least 45 years, I have walked for exercise and have always enjoyed it. Many well-meaning friends have sometimes joined me for a few walks, but have never stayed. While walking, they told me that my steps were too small, I needed to power walk if I wanted to get any benefit from the activity, I walked too slowly, I should be running instead and the list goes on. Years later, I continue to walk and they are not doing any activity. Not good.
Why do I still walk?
Peace of mind
Blood pressure and cholesterol management
Overall good feeling, true tranquility
Since I have engaged in running and didn’t care for it, walking will be my activity. No competition, except for myself, if I choose. Another really cool thing about walking is that it doesn’t require athletic ability which is good because I don’t have any. There is not one sport I am good at. Remember when you were in PE class and you had to be chosen for a team? So who do you think was the last to be chosen? ME. By the way, I hated PE.
Getting to the finish line isn’t what I set out to do. Instead it is a daily activity that is looked forward to. My goal is just simply overall good health. Whether you enjoy walking, running or some other health benefitting activity, continue it. Doing it for one day or one week isn’t the answer for improved health. Find an exercise that you like because that is what you will find a way to continue. Also, instead of taking on too much and accomplishing nothing, you may want to try choosing just one thing and going for it.