I moved recently. I can’t walk to the park and then walk around it. Well, I probably could walk to the park, but I would have to cross two major streets to do it. It would add a mile or so onto my walk, but that’s OK. It’s only a mile or so around the walking path, so it would work out better. However, I drove the few times that I walked in the park.
I like walking as an exercise, especially outside. It’s relaxing to be in a park where there are few people and lots of birdsong. It doesn’t use any muscles that I don’t use daily and it can get my heart pumping, if I walk fast enough. OK, so I’m not ambling in the park. I’m walking in the park. I don’t power walk over rough ground, but I don’t amble either. I set myself a good pace and I don’t stop, well not for long anyway. the old place where I used to walk had and asphalt path, this new one has wood chips. It also has a gazebo, a ball park and a pond with a deck. I would have gone on the deck to pause and look at the fountains in the pod, but there was a brood of goslings there. I didn’t feel like tangling with Mama and Papa Goose. So I walked around them.
I could hear kids playing soccer on the soccer field that I am not sure is part of the park, but it probably is. I also saw a couple of people in the park, the last time I was there. That was it; three people and the sound of kids playing soccer. The entire walk was a mile and thirty-two hundredths of a mile. The path, as I look at the GPS tracing was convoluted and I doubled back on myself a couple of times, not like the old park where I knew the path was exactly one mile long. This park has a couple of steep hills that I could choose to climb or not. I chose to climb. That gets your heart moving.
Just the act of walking can do that too. You don’t have to climb steep hills or walk for miles. You can walk in place in your kitchen while waiting for water to boil or the microwave to finish heating your food, or the toaster to toast your bread and get the benefits of walking. Lesley Sansone has a series of videos on YouTube where she leads you to walk in place for ten minutes at a time, or longer, if you have the time. It can take me twenty minutes to go a mile, but if you only have ten, walk in place for that ten minutes. The exercise will do you good. The point is, all you need to walk is a good pair of shoes and a place to walk. If you want to improve your health, just take a daily walk.
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