It’s full throttle fall in the west coast of BC. The grapevines against my shed out back were spectacular as was the recent fall retreat I took photos of. Fall is just flat out amazing! I just wish I could say I felt the same.
Every now and then, I fall into a rut of sorts. Maybe it’s the time of year. Days are shorter and darker and the weather isn’t as sunny. Feeling overwhelmed with life in general along with all the rest just takes it’s toll.
Whenever I start to feel like life is just too much, I sort of sink further into my chair and move less. Which is really like moving backwards. Know the feeling?
Well, one day I’d had enough of the likes of me. I was tired when I got up, was tired all day and wanted to crawl into bed right after dinner. EEEEE Nuff! I’m much too young to feel like this, I resonated. It was time to walk.
I needed to have a chat with the road. Lots of chats. So I pushed myself off the fake security of my chair, threw on my coat, grabbed a hat and head out. Before I changed my mind.
It had been awhile. And I sure didn’t feel like going. It was wet out having just rained. And cold. Oh well! Turning towards the flat land to the left, and Majuba Hill to the right, the hill won. If I was going to make the effort, I wanted to pour it on thick. I didn’t want to be cold. The hill would cure that one real quick.
Majuba Hill is a lovely mountain behind us just up the road. And this time of year, the fall trees are positively technicolor. So that made my walk less like work right there. The hill has a nice gradual uphill grade so it gives you a chance to get your heart rate going. That was the key for me. I can walk and walk and walk and not feel much. But get me going uphill, it’s a different story.
Every day I chose the hill. Rain or shine, up the hill I went. If it rained, I told myself I was waterproof and grabbed a golf umbrella to keep me company.
Up the hill, there’s this super seep long driveway. Each day, I also took in that driveway. It’s difficult! It’s so steep that you sort of have to tackle it in a part running motion. Each day, I make it up slightly further than the last. One day I did it twice. I’m up to 3 times now and maybe soon 4.
I’ve now been walking nearly every day without fail for about 2 weeks. And I can’t begin to tell you how different I feel. Stronger, happier, more energy. I actually now get a little upset if I can’t fit in my walk. I need the walk. I crave my walk.
It’s working. Walking is working.
And these spectacular fall trees are not hurting the process!
Fall walking up Majuba hill was just a good idea.
Here’s the lecture part. Ready?
If you are heathy enough to exercise, I’d pay you for your health. Being a survivor of 3 rear enders leaves you with some life long repercussions. I’d be running marathons if I could. But I can’t. So walking is my deal.
Walking takes longer, but pretty much anyone can do it. You start at your own pace, and just build up.
And good news! You don’t even have to be in shape to walk! All you need to do is just start. And then do it again. And again, and again, and again.
Walking. Just. Works.
Do you need to walk?