But I love to go walking.
When we lived in Germany, my parents signed us all up for Volksmarches, which were 10k walks through various parts of the area. When you made it to the end, you were given a medal. Not a cheap, dime store medal, either. No, these medals were made of pewter, and looked very fine pinned to an eight year old's coat. That is likely where my love of walking began.
Walking doesn't hurt. That's important to someone like me. I tend to get discouraged easily when I find that I can no longer do all the things that I used to do. Most activities make my knees ache, but not walking. I can often go at my own pace without any pain at all. I have exercise-induced asthma, but I can still walk. If I start to lose my breath, I can slow down, or even stop.
Walking doesn't cost a thing. I don't have to pay for a membership to walk. I don't have to buy a special walking outfit with the cutesy headband so that everyone can see how cute I am. I can wear whatever outfit I happen to have in my closet, and my old tennis shoes will work just as fine as the 300$ pair that some people have to have.
Walking takes you places. Point A to Point B starts with that first step, one foot in front of the other, following whatever road you like. If you decide that you don't like the path you're on, you can turn around and head back the way you came. If I was out with friends as a teenager, and I didn't like what they were doing, I would just walk home. Car breaks down? You can still walk. There's no have to about walking, but it takes me where I want to go.
Some of my very best adventures have happened while I was walking. I don't wear headphones or talk on the phone. I smile and I look around at the world, up, down, left, and right. I carry a stick just in case I run into a pack of unruly dogs or something, and I explore the world. I've been caught in a storm, slid down a muddy hill, and found a rainbow. I discovered a lake that I never even knew existed not a mile from my house. I've photographed wildflowers along the side of the road. I've seen deer, rabbits, cranes, at least one coral snake, hawks, buzzards, and more possums than I'd care to count. I've found wild strawberries, blackberries, and mulberries. I've even found wild onions on the side of the road.
No wonder I love walking.
1.) Your favorite kind of exercise.