I think we would all agree that “dedication” ranks high on the list of goals when one sets out on a health improvement quest. I am getting to know this word because being dedicated to a new health routine lies just beyond my grasp. Last week I despaired the setbacks and missteps. You guys were awesome with your support and I learned from you. One week later, not much has changed except this: I realize that no journey of this nature happens overnight, or without detours. The realization is liberating.
I have made some progress. I stopped by the library this week. On the “new releases” shelf was the book Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act. By a Canadian, no less. Really? Is this synchronicity or what? OK, I’m in. If my injuries keep me on the sidelines, I figure I can justify sitting still if I’m reading a book about walking. Can’t I? Of course I can!
I am enjoying the book. Here are my notes, thus far:
- As a species, we evolved from quadrupeds to bipedal – walking is what distinguishes us from the rest of the creatures on the planet!
- Sitting is the new smoking
- Isolation is the new smoking [Damn! I struggle with feeling isolated – no work, no school, no kids, no church, a very small circle of friends]
- There are plenty of studies that link activity to fitness. [To be honest: I was on the verge of considering all of this fitness noise as so much marketing and not really true. I wanted an excuse, I will admit it.]
- Walking can be considered medicine and prescribed as such.
- Some nations practice forest bathing – walks in nature have greater benefits than urban treks.
- Though caution must be taken not to medicalize walking – it might lead to dosages and formulas that you might not achieve. [Like the author, I too was stigmatized by my failure to achieve the standards set out by The Canada Fitness Test.]
- …walking is a way to push toward change at a sustainable pace, to leave one comfort zone and begin to forge another.
And that’s Chapter One! I’m glad that I found this book. Correction: I’m glad that this book found me. While my hip joints settle down and heal, I have this work to engage me.
More synchronicity! As I was formatting this post with links and such, I discovered that Dan Rubinstein’s webpage is here, on WordPress! However, the biggest, the woo-woo-iest , the single most compelling reason I’m glad that I chose to read Born to Walk, is the dedication.
For Maggie… [!!!] …and Daisy and Lisa.
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