Tell me something about your routine. Daily- time of day- alone or with other(s). How long, in (virtually) any weather? Urban, rural, park, track? Listen to music, podcasts, or ruminate? Your fav shoes or brand. How long have you been doing it? How has this routine impacted you mentally and physically, for good or ill? No detail too trivial to mention.
I’ve walked my dogs twice a day for a long time but that’s not exercise, unless it’s an exercise in futility, since there is much lurching, sudden stopping, sniffing every vertical object, including most blades of grass.
Over the years I’ve adopted walking regimens and abandoned them and back again. A week ago, when I got my Roku and gave up cable I found myself with a whole lot of time in the evening heretofore spent watching Law & Order reruns. I started walking after I took the doggies for their evening walk, just at the beginning of dusk. I wound up walking for 40 minutes that first night and for an hour each evening afterward. Much to my surprise, I might add.
I’m fortunate to live in an ideal walking area, a couple of residential neighborhoods about fifteen by six (loooong) blocks dating from 1900 to 1940-ish and spanning home values from lower middle class to college student apartments to million-dollar-plus mansions. Walking here at twilight is visually mesmerizing. There are a few churches, a couple of schools, and some businesses on the outer edges of the area. It’s the perfect mix, and walking for an hour has been easy.
The weather has also been perfect. (Sorry about what a lot of y’all have been going through.) Later, when it’s in the 90’s well after dark, we’ll see how I do.