Getting Physical cont…

The second phase of my exercise campaign is simply walking, but walking less consciously as a workout strategy and more as a way of taking care of business.  Not that I don’t seek the health benefits of walking and I do walk briskly to get to my appointments (usually because I’m late) , but it’s easier for me to make walking a habit if it’s part of a broader goal, such as picking up an ingredient for the night’s dinner.  I’m fortunate to live close enough to the center of town that I can walk to the library, the hair salon, two farmers’ markets, any store and any restaurant.

I may have second thoughts come the rainy season — regrettably from about October  through June — but in July it brings sheer joy to walk past all the planter boxes, hanging baskets, a few private gardens and landscaped public spaces, and join the crowds taking in the free noon concerts offered in different outdoor spaces three times a week.

This wasn’t completely my idea.  I had been telling neighbors that I would be taking advantage of our location to walk downtown more often after retirement.  But it took the inspiration of a school board member to get me started.  She invited me to lunch and picked a restaurant that would be in walking distance from her house, because she said that for some time walking had become her preferred mode of transportation.  Not yet having come close to sloughing off my competitive layers, I thought to myself, if she can do that so can I.  Even before our lunch date I had begun.  The only time I have regretted it was when I decided to bring home several cantalopes and a small watermelon from the grocery store.

And speaking of lunch, my new means of transportation has become essential, because I will have had at least 10 lunch dates this month.  These are a wonderful way to celebrate retirement and stay connected (I hope) with mostly work friends, but they also make more exercise an absolute necessity.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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2 Responses to Getting Physical cont…

  1. dick clark says:

    Read Kurt Hoelting’s”Circumference of Home” — it will give you some added thoughts about the benefits of walking.

    • stillalife says:

      I’ll follow up with the recommendation. I was pleased yesterday when I ran into a former BSD principal in the Nordstrom shoe dept. and she asked, “Did you walk here?” How nice that at least a few people are reading.

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