The sun was beating down just before the storm came.
I’d recently failed my driving test, and the last thing I wanted to do was have to walk home in the heavy rain
Dressed for the sun, where I lived was miles away, and my t-shirt was already drenched through. I decided to bail out of the wet stupid weather and visit my nana who wasn’t too far.
When I arrived she welcomed me with a smile, delighted to see her grandson.
As I got out of my soaking clothes, I complained about having to walk everywhere. When I finally passed my test I would never walk again!
My nana, as someone whose health had rapidly declined through the years, called me out in this. She pointed out that I should be more thankful that I’m capable of walking, unlike her who was now in a position where she found it difficult to move around the house.
Shame filled me at my brattish outburst, how ungrateful did I sound?
She told to walk as much as I can, while you can, because mobility isn’t something to be taken for granted and can easily be taken away from you.
These words stayed with me.
Two neglected letters sit on the breakfast bar. I’d been meaning to get them posted all week, but with work, kids, and life getting in the way I hadn’t found the time to get some stamps.
Note to self… make sure not to neglect popping to the shops today, and get those letters sent.
Hours later, I’m occupied by meetings, where I currently sit in a project risks call… it’s as fascinating as it sounds.
I begin to drift in and out with thoughts going elsewhere to keep me going. Just 15 more minutes and I can finally get out for a walk to buy those stamps.
45 minutes later, the call ends abruptly, too many people become frustrated at it over running, going through a risk log is not something you should spend nearly two hours going through.
Finally, just as my opportunity arises, a cloud appears overhead and darkens the room. Rain.
Just as I debate whether to be lazy and leave it until tomorrow, I remember my nana’s words.
I’ll get my coat.
It’s cold outside, and the humid air takes my breath away setting off a cough I’ve had for a month that just won’t go away. I head past the neighbour’s car parked on the road, a big blue Ford Kuga, and as I begin my walk, taking pleasure getting lost in my own thoughts as I depart my quiet street.
10 minutes go by and my day dreaming gets interrupted by a big blue car speeding past. It’s the neighbour. I return to my thinking.
As I turn into the store, I see all the cars parked up, along with my neighbours blue Ford.
Does nobody walk anymore?
Benefits to walking
The journey from my house to the store takes less than 15 minutes when walking, and outside of someone having a severe disability I can’t get my head around the fact someone would choose to drive when you live in a nice, safe and peaceful area.
People should walk more. In my opinion if more people did, we could avert the massive healthcare crisis that is being caused because people don’t exercise enough.
There are lots of benefits to walking, as I have a regular workout routine, I always view any extra time walking as bonus exercise, allowing the blood to flow through my body as I move.
Because of it’s low impact nature, it’s ideal for people who are out of shape, or overweight as a gateway introduction to exercise.
If you spend 30 minutes a day walking not only does it help with fitness, bone strength, muscle power and body fat, it also helps reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers (Reference: Fitness Together).
How great is walking?
Anyway, the whole point of this post was an excuse to talk about how great walking is and why you should do it more…
Next time you need to go somewhere – ask yourself
“Do I really need to drive there?”
If not take the opportunity to help your health and wellbeing… go for a walk.
Wishing you the best in your success.
James @Perfect Manifesto.