Seven days a week I power walk the hilly streets in my neighborhood. I call it my “daily rounds.” Naming things seems to give them more meaning, so that name seems more doable than my “prescribed exercise” or “fitness training.”
Telling friends and medical providers “I do my daily rounds seven days a week. The other days I rest.” provokes interesting responses. One person corrected me with “Susan, there are only seven days in a week.” Both of us smiled a wide smile. Another proudly proclaimed “I walk nine days a week and rest the other days.” We both laughed in delight.
Sometimes the reply is “Uh” and “Ok” with a quizzical look. Some people just say “That’s good!” faking enthusiasm.
I started my daily rounds to improve my heart health. It reflected my sudden determination to take more personal responsibility for the health of my heart. I had placed it in my medical providers’ hands for too long. Collectively, I didn’t admire the job they were doing. It was time to take matters into my own hands!
So, one day I walked as fast as I could around the neighborhood. The next day I asked myself “What excuse do you have for not walking today?” I couldn’t come up with an acceptable answer, so I walked. Those exchanges went on in my head for days until I finally just gave up and walked every day.
It became a health habit I keep to this day. My daily rounds bring me heart—personal strength and emotional uplift, and I find joy in telling people about them. Please share something that brings you heart.