As you know, if you follow the UNlimiters blog segment, I am one of the 5 bloggers. The other four are much younger and they have medical problems that make my “old age” aches and conditions seem very insignificant in comparison. Just plain walking is an example of one thing that we seniors CAN do and often don’t. That must seem criminal to those confined to wheelchairs.
I’ve watched a few of my friends practically give up on walking. These were all people in their 70’s and it wasn’t long before their sedentary lifestyle took its toll. Not only did they lose body strength, but depression also set in and it wasn’t long before “real” medical problems took hold. I was determined that this wouldn’t happen to me…but I needed motivation.
I was in a non-walking rut. I had retired and found myself spending long hours in front of computer or sitting in my favorite chair with a good book. I knew that it was critical to keep moving but knowing and doing something about it seemed to be worlds apart.
Then one day a friend told me that she’s bought a pedometer…
one of those little devices that count the number of steps that you take…and she’d set herself a goal of 10,000 steps a day, the equivalent of about five miles.
With a twinkle in her eye, she said, “I’ll bet you can’t do that” and that’s all it took! I bought my pedometer and found that I was already walking about size thousand steps a day. The extra four thousand was my goal and, to be honest, I haven’t reached it yet. But I’ve changed a lot of things… driving when possible, and just plain getting out of the couch potato routine! I even brisk walk through my little house when the weather keeps me from going outside.
The goal that I set was (and is) the challenge that I needed to make this work. So, even if I never reach it, I know that trying is half the battle. Try it for yourself. It’s a lifesaver.
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Blog entry by Ginnie, proud member of the UNlimiters team.