Everything I do, I do with a purpose. I set goals and priorities and always keep my eye on the prize. My days are planned to a T and no minute is left wasted. This makes me feel accomplished…or so I thought.
My leg injury has put a lot into perspective for me. Not having a clear diagnosis has been incredibly stressful. That and the lack of endorphins I’m used to getting from exercise has put me somewhat in the dumps. The control-freak in me is having a hard time dealing with not knowing exactly how to fix the problem. Though in the last week or so I’ve started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My leg is not perfect and by no means can I go for a run (don’t worry I won’t try!). But I am mobile and my legs can carry me to wherever I need to be, even if the destination is uncertain.
Enjoying the fall weather on a glorious walk!
I’ve had to learn to redefine exercise. I’ve always preached fitness as a means to achieving optimal health, but when your current fitness regime is hurting you, it’s clear something needs to change. So with my new-found focus on what I can do, I’ve discovered that I actually really enjoy walking. It’s so easy to forget that walking is a form of exercise.
The kind of walking I am talking about is not from one place to another or at a certain pace or distance. I am referring to the kind of walking where you are walking to walk. I set out not knowing where I am going or how long I will be gone for. In the process I’ve been able to clear my head and appreciate my body purely for its ability to move.
I like to walk with music. Too much time left alone with my thoughts isn’t good for me so music helps to prevent that. And just to toot my own horn for a minute here, I have really great taste in music. Initially I’d written a whole paragraph on how my music taste is better than yours, but then C told me I was drinking the haterade and probably shouldn’t say it so bluntly. So instead I just passive-aggresively told you…
If you don’t believe me I highly suggest you listen to this walking playlist. Put on your runners, stick those buds in your ears and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. It’s important to let go of the endgame and just enjoy the journey. I can’t think of a better way to do this than to walk.
We all love our 1348634 mile runs and #runchats but let’s not forget to walk! Next time you head out on a walk, let me know by hashtagging #walktalk on twitter/instagram/facebook/every other type of social media I’ve never heard of.
Do you ever just walk to walk? Do you listen to music when you exercise?
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