Moving Your Legs for Fun and Profit
Yesterday was windy and cold—really, this is MAY???!!—and I just wanted to stay inside.
Of course, I had no place to go. No driving my kid to school, no going into work. Enough food in the house. Movies are closed. Can’t visit friends.
I knew I should get out and go for a walk.
The thing was: walking was the last thing in the world I wanted to.
Experts agree: We should all be getting out for a walk every single day. Walking improves mental well-being. It is good for your heart, good for your lungs. The sunshine replenishes your Vitamin D – and Vitamin D gives you a mood boost. Walking gets you off the computer.
Since the pandemic began, I’ve been walking most days. And for me there have been some extra benefits. I have met neighbors who I have lived near for years, but had never seen their faces. I’ve found little roads that I didn’t know existed. I’ve seen snakes and turtles and a cool bird with a long neck.
So yesterday I laced up my filthy sneakers and went for a walk. It was freezing and gusty, but when I got back, I admit: I felt much better.
So if you’re reading this and you are not going for a little walk every day, please, get out and take one. And if you are walking, look for me on the streets of Manchester—I am usually in dirty sneakers and a red hat.