This morning, I learned about a local upcoming Heart Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA). What a great idea! It will raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke in America. Walkers and volunteers will get together in the local town square, and donors will participate through their contributions. All will join in one effort to help people live healthier lives. It is wonderful to combine healthy exercise with volunteer efforts and generous donor contributions for a great outcome.
Recently, I have been taking much greater ownership of my health. About a year ago, it became abundantly obvious to me that I had essentially turned it over to my medical providers. Collectively, they weren’t keeping me healthy as I wanted to be. Something was missing in the effort—me. It was time to insert myself into my health equation. So I did.
To begin with, I decided I didn’t have a good reason for avoiding exercise. So, I started power walking (fast walking) up and down the hills of my neighborhood each day. After a few days, I determined I couldn’t skip my daily “rounds” without feeling lame. No excuse was acceptable, so I became determined to complete my rounds every day—seven days a week. Every week.
Eventually, I added exercising in a cardio gym twice a week and participating in a gentle yoga class at least once a week. Now I have more ownership of my health and I am reaping many benefits from that. I can even mow my entire lawn without “collapsing” afterwards. My heart and I are healthier and stronger, and it started with daily walking. Please share something you know about walking and your health.