When I started “running” a couple of years back, I was doing a lot more walking than running. Â It was also somewhat of an internal battle. Â I had always looked at running as something you did when someone was chasing you, or you were escaping a fire or some other sort of danger. Â So, I did so, but reluctantly. Â Needless to say, I was doing this somewhat half heartedly, and didn’t stay as diligent as I should have, so it did get me started, but that was about it.
Early this year, I something changed. Â Despite surgery on both knees and what my Orthopedist called excessive osteoarthritis, I discovered I was no longer dreading my time on the treadmill. Â I started to not hate it… and eventually started to like it. Â To my surprise, not did I start looking forward to getting on the treadmill, I found that if something got in the way of me hitting the gym, I was actually finding that I would get irritated when that happened.
Getting yourself “in gear” and moving is like starting up one of those perpetual motion toys. Â The more I moved, the more I felt better as my health improved, the more I could move without pain due to weight loss and improved muscle mass, giving me the ability to move more… etc… etc.. etc. Â And what you will find (well, at least I did), suddenly when you can move eaiser, so where you may have said you can’t find that 1/2 hour or so to walk(run), now thanks to increased strength and stamina, you will find that it is not so difficult to find a way to fit it into your schedule.
Some other benefits of walking include:
- Helps with weight loss. Â – Having lost 80 pounds this year, I can say this is mostly certainly true.
- Improves mood – There is an old adage that says exercise is the least used antidepressant.
- Helps improve Blood Pressure – May not be a concern when you are younger, but as we age, Hypertension is always a potential concern.
- Can prevent or reduce the risks of diabetes (it lowers your blood sugar levels for up to 12 hours.
- Improves circulation
So, if someone like me, aging, terribly overweight, and riddled with arthritic knees can get moving, lose weight, and get healthier… then there is no reason that anyone should be afraid to do so, or fear not being able to get themselves going. Â Start small… do as little as you must to ensure you do not injure or burn yourself out. Â But get started Today! Â You only have one body, take care of it, you can’t have another one.