For about twenty years, prior to my diagnosis, I walked about two miles every day. I loved walking and it was as much a part of my routine as taking a shower or eating dinner. I almost never missed a day. When I was still teaching first grade, there were many times at the end of a day that I told myself I was just too tired and I didn’t think I would be able to go for my walk when I got home. However, by the time I made my short three mile commute home, my mind had changed and I was compelled to go for my walk. It was almost like some unknown force was making me go. Oh, how I wish that force was still with me.
Since I have been ill and through all my treatments, I have found it very difficult to make myself get back into my walking routine. I know it is vitally important for my overall health and I am feeling well enough now to do it. It is true that my energy level and stamina are not up to par and I think that figures into my reluctance to “Just Do It” as Nike advises.
I think the answer for me is to set these small attainable goals that will get me back walking:
Goal #1: Walk for 20 minutes 3 times a week.
Goal #2: After two weeks, increase number of walks to 4 times a week.
Goal #3: Gradually increase the number of walks per week and the length from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.
Now that I have this in print and posted on my blog, it will hold my feet to the fire so to speak. I am going to need that incentive. I walked my 20 minutes today and it felt like work. If I remember correctly, back twenty years ago when I first started walking on a daily basis, it felt like work then, too. However, I was twenty years younger and healthy then so it was "easier" work!
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance website has an aptly titled article by Amy Poffenbarger:
You don’t have to be a triathlete. You just have to try!