Lets Try Something Different…

I read an article today that gave me real hope. It’s called 12 Benefits of Walking and it’s in the Arthritis Foundation Newsletter. Here’s a link:

https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/exercise/workouts/walking/wow-of-walking.php

I have been trying not to make reading recommendations, but this really excited me and I wanted to share. I’ve been trying to make this blog more experiential. I’m going to try walking tomorrow morning and I’ll tell you how it goes.

This has been a dream of mine for the past year.  Cool, crispy air and spooky darkness.  It’s almost Halloween and I have a relative that was accused of witchcraft and who was thrown in the river to drown (in the 1600s).  She didn’t drown, so I’m going to use some of her power tomorrow morning (metaphorically).  I won’t go far this first time – maybe a block and back.  I just want to see if I still have the ability.  I would be so excited if I could walk the Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day with my family.  I stopped walking because my Dr. told me that it was jarring to the joints.  This article says the opposite.

The same magazine has an article about hiking.  H-I-K-I-N-G  is the love of my life.  To feel the mountain breeze in my hair, and the dew of morning on my skin in the High Sierra would be like heaven.  What I would give to see alpenglow again. My husband and I were married outdoors in Yosemite Valley, and our first act as husband and wife was to hike to the Ahwahnee Hotel for our reception. Everyone was honking and yelling congratulations.  Next May will be our 35th anniversary and I would like to hike that trail again. I’m afraid to hope for too much.  Each day is so difficult right now.  There is so much pain.

So, what do you say?  Shall we try it?  See where it takes us?  I will, if you will.  Send comments and tell me how it goes.  I’ll do the same.   Good luck!

 

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One thought on “Lets Try Something Different…

  1. I tried walking this morning for 15 minutes. I went about a block, and then back again. It went well. I had some pain in my right groin area (which is where the worst arthritis is) but it didn’t inhibit my movement. I felt like I could go further, but I didn’t want to push it. Tomorrow I will try 2 blocks and see what happens. It felt so good to be out in the dark with the cool air. I sang hymns and thanked God for allowing me to walk again. I hope this is a good sign.

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