Let’s Walk

Every evening as the sun is setting and the temperature is becoming more tolerable, Gramps and I take a walk around the neighborhood. We don’t exactly power walk, but we don’t meander either. We walk fast enough to raise our heart rate and slow enough to talk.

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Part of the reason we do this activity is health improvement. Walking has a positive effect on almost every part of the body and on almost any problem you might have. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? But it’s true!

Walking improves thinking, sleep, blood pressure, weight, the immune system and Vitamin D levels. It strengthens the heart, legs, butt, tummy and bones, and reduces stress and risk of dementia. What else can do so much for you while requiring nothing but shoes and a little time?

The biggest reason Gramps and love to walk is it is fun. We hold hands, talk, look at nature and visit with others walking their dogs on the same route. It is really a grand time for us. We share happenings from the day, bring up new ideas, rehash old ideas, make future plans. We listen intently to each other and laugh a lot. Sometimes we just walk in silence and listen to the sounds of the neighborhood. What a precious time it is!

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When grandchildren come to visit, they usually walk with us (or use a bike or a scooter or whatever). They love taking the walkie-talkies along for some added interest. One of them runs ahead with one of the walkie-talkies and gives a report of what they see i.e.. an ant hill, two toads and a robin. The kids see things we usually don’t, so it is an added treat. In fact, it is so much fun with the kids, we usually go farther. And the little ones like to hold hands too!

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I can’t think of many things more fun, more positive or more healthy than just plain old walking around where you live. Can we walk?

 

Getting Fit With A Fitbit

fitbit-45All I see around me now are Fitbits. You know, those black (or blue or red) rubber bracelets with the occasional flashing lights. Everyone I know has one. And everyone who has one seems to be fit, trim and healthy.

I want one! I think it will make me fit and trim. I’m sure it is a magical band that will add to my health simply by hanging on my wrist.

I think I might get healthier just wanting it.

I ordered my Fitbit. I went online, Googled and searched. I found the best Fitbit (actually they’re all the same) and it will be here in three days. I’m so excited! I’m waiting in my recliner until the mystical little piece of rubber arrives.

I think I might get healthier just waiting for it.

It’s here! My Fitbit has arrived. The black strap fits perfectly on my wrist and it looks great.

I’ve worn the bracelet for one hour and I’m sure the magic is starting to happen. I’ve just about figured out the clasp mechanism.

I think I might get healthier just owning it.

Well, I’ve worn my mystical Fitbit for 24 hours. What a fantastic day it has been! I’ve learned it only takes me eight minutes to fall asleep and I only take 4000 steps a day. I think my muscles might be getting toned, my blood might be circulating better and my lungs might be clearing. Now if I just understood what all the tap-tap-tapping was about.

I’m thinking my health might be improving just wearing it.

OK, it’s been one week now. My Fitbit looks great. I’ve worn it every day all day. I can tap, I can sync, I can connect. I have, however, not lost any weight, not increased my endurance, not met my goal of 10,000 steps a day. The pretty black bracelet, i’ve discovered, is not magical, although it does perform some pretty great things. It counts my steps but it won’t walk for me. It monitors my activity level but it won’t move for me . It tells me how I sleep but it won’t exercise for me. Bummer! Basically my Fitbit doesn’t work. I have to do all the work. Double Bummer! Nobody mentioned that in the instructions!

I think I might have to get up, break a sweat and walk my brains out to get healthy and fit.