In 2011, I walked 333 miles.
This may seem like a lot, but really, it isn't.
In 2009, I walked 518 miles.
BUT, it is improvement because in 2010 I only walked 291 miles.
When I look at the variances in miles walked, I know that in 2009 I had a walking partner for the majority of the year. A good friend of mine was unemployed at that time, and we used to walk a 3 mile lake near her apartments almost daily. That added up quick. Also, friends and I were hiking (not the hilly rugged type, just hours of exploring) a lot in 2009 and sometimes we'd walk local parks for hours at a time.
|Different Hiking Trips|
I pretty much slacked in 2010 with no excuse really. Granted, my friend got a job (yay) so I didn't have her to walk with as often, but still, I should have kept myself motivated. Also, I literally did not walk the entire month of July 2010 as no joke, I was sick from July 1st - the 31st. It was insane!
I am happy to see that 2011 brought improvement from 2010, however, I want to go even further. I want to get back to the distances I was walking in 2009.
It's hard to find time to hit the gym and work out, but this really isn't an option to me. I have to stay active due to my back condition. If I go just one day without doing a workout of some type (even simply walking) I stiffen up ridiculously. I admit, I need to find a trainer that could train me specifically with my back issue, however, for the most part, I stick to walking. But that's okay, at least I am walking.
Sometimes when I am walking, and I really don't want to be, and my upper thighs are going numb, or I am having other issues thanks to Spondylolisthesis, I just have to remind myself, 'just keep walking', and soon, once we got our pool all cleaned up and tested properly, I will be able to sing just like Dory 'just keep swimming'. And I think swimming will help my back as well. I can't wait. I am excited to try this theory out!
Walking is SO beneficial. It's not just a means of being active, it's a way to clear your mind, to be still. Walking is when I have some of my best talks with God. When you take time to walk, you pass beauty that you may otherwise have missed. It's amazing what a simple walk can do for you.
|views from hiking|
|and some Donkey's we've met along the way|
Today I encourage you, if you don't walk already, give it a try. You may be surprised. Start slow. Build up to a mile. It's so worth it. If you could take the time to walk a few times a week, I think you'd be surprised at the change you will start feeling, almost immediately.