Are You Up For a Walk?

Losing weight. A daunting task, especially if you don’t like to exercise which I don’t. But because I’d really like to lose weight and get healthier, I’ve started walking.

I have had issues with my left knee for quite some time, so before I could begin any kind of exercise, I saw my doctor. She sent me to a physical therapist. The therapist showed me several stretches that helps move the fluid built up in my knee, and also strengthens the muscles. These were stretches that I could continue to do at home whenever I felt I needed to.

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After getting my knee in a better condition to allow me to exercise, I started walking. First my husband Errol and I walked around the block in my neighborhood. The first walk was pretty discouraging. I had to stop about a dozen times to catch my breath, and because my back ached. It was also made more difficult in that the area I live in is all hills. Walking was a constant up and down hill which made it even more difficult for me. Then there’s my driveway, straight up hill and 13 steps up to my deck. After the walk, to stand at the bottom of the driveway, looking up at my kitchen door was exhausting in itself. Never mind actually walking it!

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While driving through town one day, I drove past an area called the Number One Pond. It’s part of the Mousam River in Sanford Maine. It has a paved walkway around half of it, with benches alongside the walkway every 20 feet or so. It is for the most part flat ground. I suggested to Errol that we try walking there instead.

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We began to go there each afternoon before supper, (I hate to walk on a full stomach,) weather permitting. By parking at one end, we then walk as far as I can to the other end. We sit on a bench and talk for a bit, then walk back to the car. It’s not very far, but if you’re just starting out, it sure seems like it is! Slowly but surely, I began to be able to go farther and farther without having to stop and rest. My back doesn’t ache as much now, and I feel like I have more energy. It also has helped boost my weight loss again!

We’ve found other pluses to walking at the pond also. Occasionally we take one or two of my granddaughters with us which is always fun. We’ve seen some people fishing, walking their dogs, and watched a water skiing group practice.

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There’s never a shortage of wildlife to see. Ducks and geese with their babies following behind them. We even spotted a muskrat swimming in the water, and then jumping out onto the bank to dry off.

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We’ve even run into quite a few people that we know. It also gives Errol and I some much needed alone time to just chat about our day or to just be silent. Both of which are quite nice.

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