Thursday, March 4, 2010

About those daily walks

For the past ten years or so I have taken a daily walk. Well I admit I used to walk seven days a week. Currently I probably walk 5+ days - simply because in the winter it get dark early and some days I work all day and don't have time. Yes, I go for a daily walk with my bad ankle, my bad back, and assorted other ailments. At no time has anyone in the medical profession suggest I cut back on these walks. Even during chemo and active treatment. Except I did not walk for the first month after spraining my ankle when I was in a boot and I missed it greatly. If I have ankle surgery, I am sure I would have to skip them for a month or two again.

What do I enjoy about my daily walk? Its sort of a contemplation time. I vary where I go. I am lucky enough to live near a bike path and some conservation land where I can watch the changing seasons. Sometimes I walk by myself and sometimes with friends. One walking buddy is a woman I worked with three years ago. We started walking at lunch a few times a week and now still meeting weekly to walk. These are now my big walks - 1.5 hours is our average and we take in the scenery around time. In nice weather, we look for nice gardens to see.

Now it turns out they have done studies on this. If you walk regularly you are less likely to get breast cancer or osteoporosis - oops, I guess that didn't work for me. But I hold out hope I can stave off dementia in the long run.

Anyway, today I am going to get the latest fashion accessory - a lymphedema compression sleeve to wear daily. It will be a lovely shade of medical beige designed (not) to coordinate with every outfit. Then I will go to work and for a walk, before working from home. Tonight is our highlight - we are going to meet the accountant to get our taxes done.

1 comment:

WhiteStone said...

This post is like a kick in the butt to get walking! lol. I've sadly neglected good exercise the past winter...believe me, once the streets are clear (and the air of a reasonable temp) I need to get walking again.