Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life.” ― Carrie Latet
I love this quote this week because now that spring is here, the weather is sunny and warmer (for now, unless the rain decides to come back) and it just feels so good to get out and move. Plus, there are so many 5Ks that are available to take part in, which makes the competitive among us (including me) have something to work toward. I’m really looking forward to my upcoming 5K – the See Jane Run .
When I read that quote I don’t necessarily think of power walking or event fitness walking for that matter. I think of taking a walk to clear the head, rejuvenate the soul, and get the “juices pumping.” It’s something that I don’t do enough of – just take a walk for walking’s sake. And it’s something that I’m going to try to do more of this week.
When I was young and we would have large family dinners, all of the men and children would take a long walk around the neighborhood to “digest” our food. (Unfortunately the women were stuck at home cleaning the dishes and getting things ready for dessert. We stuck to traditional gender roles when my Italian grandparents were still alive). It was nice to walk around and take life at a slower pace. Listen to stories the men would tell about the “good old days” and how much the neighborhood and city had changed since they were young.
I envy my friends who have dogs because they have a built-in reason to take a walk. I’m sure that when they’re walking the dog at 5am in the freezing weather they envy me, don’t get me wrong, but it does seem nice to have that sort of obligation that builds in some movement to each day. I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a dog, and before I do, I think it might be a good idea to get myself in the habit of waking up a bit earlier than normal and taking a quick 10 minute stroll in the morning, as well as a longer afternoon walk. In fact, I think that’s just what I’m going to do, beginning this afternoon when I get home from work.
So that’s my plan to get in a bit more walking this week. Care to join me?