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Blown away by the winds of Time?

You can walk but you can't run.

Now that I have passed 60 and pushing on to my next year, I find that I no longer have the stamina I once had. I cut the front yard and stop and wonder if I can finish with the back yard. I take a little walk around the block and I come home with a back ache. The winds of time are blowing me away, so to speak.

Nobody walks any more.

It looks like hardly anyone walks in America, and people have told me this who live here in other cities. People who live in other countries say that walking a mile or an hour a day is a regular thing for them and they don't drive as much, but take public transportation.

I like sunny weather

We all like it when winter ends and spring begins. I know I do. So when the sunny weather comes, I feel younger. The cold weather and all makes me feel older than I really am. Joints are painful and we tend to get lazy because we are less motivated to get out and walk or do outdoor activities.

In hindsight I realize that a body in motion will stay in motion ...

If you have seen that commercial, it goes like ... A body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to remain at rest. So give me the sunny weather, and let me start walking more. I may be old but I have not quit walking.

When I saw a television show that told a story about a 92 year old man who walked every day, it made me think. Yes, If I want to live longer, maybe I need to stop letting the weather dictate my exercise habits. I can't just depend on fair weather to get out and get some much needed exercise. Right? Some people actually love to take a walk in a blizzard.

That's why I love a stationary bicycle or a treadmill but if you need to take a walk when the weather is really lousy, perhaps a drive to the local mall or Walmart then you can walk and know that not only is there a Micky D's close by for a cup of coffee, but there is also a restroom and if you have these two major conveniences you really don't have anyone to blame but yourself if you try making excuses not to get some walking in, in spite of the weather outside.

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VinceSummers wrote on March 17, 2019, 10:39 PM

Honestly? I think it is not good to compare peoples later years to say one is thin and wiry and energetic in his late 80s, whereas another is 60, chubby, and pudgy. It serves no useful purpose. I know a fellow who envisioned living perhaps to 100. He ran two miles a day, flew an airplane, rode a motorcycle, and ate well. Then one day, he fell hard while skiing. He was 80. The fall apparently initiated fluid in the lungs. He had mesothelioma. Not because he worked at a ship yard or an asbestos factory. In fact, it seems the worst thing he did was install his own automobile brakes! All said and done, he died at 81. Others, fat, pudgy, etc., have lived well past that age. There's no point in comparisons is my take home.

MegL wrote on March 18, 2019, 6:30 AM

You are quite right. Our lovely 3 mile walk around the lighthouse has been closed for repairs and will take a year before it is open again but we take a shorter walk 3 or 4 times a day now. It's not as brisk as before because my husband is still not quite well but it gets us out every day.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 18, 2019, 11:14 AM

I figure all of us want to live longer. All of us have weight or health issues. Walking is good at any age. Sedentary life is bad at any age.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 18, 2019, 11:17 AM

On that note, I will go for a walk and I hope your day is a good one. My wife is unable to walk on a regular basis. It makes me very sad to see her in that condition. I can not leave her for very long periods of time, and so I have not gotten out to walk much lately. I have a tendency to be lazy because I like my computer and tend to spend too much time at it. So I will take a walk and clear my mind of negativity and hopefully the day will improve. Thanks.