Your knees hurt. There is a tingly feeling in them, as if a little river is squirming through them, leaving some throbbing pain in its trail. Arthritis? Hopefully not. At 26, aren’t you too young to have arthritis?
Your back hurts. It’s as if it’s suffering from attention deficit and is therefore aching full time to remind you of its presence. With every throb that feels like some invisible hammering, the back is saying, ‘I may be behind you but I matter, so pay attention to me!’
There are little cockroaches crawling all over your stomach. That’s the uncomfortable, mildly painful feeling in your stomach. Like baby crumps. It’s been this way for days, which is affecting your ability to focus on other things. In fact, you have had to miss you weekly morning run because of this.
The body wears and tears. But the good news is that you can play a role in slowing down this wearing and tearing. In some instances, you can even eradicate aspects of it. In other words, you have the power to inject health and fitness into your body and keep disease at bay. And you know what, one of the most powerful ways that you can do this is simply by walking. Yes, walking.
According to Mayo Clinic, walking helps in maintaining a healthy weight; preventing or managing various conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; strengthening bones and muscles; improving your balance and coordination. And you know what, walking also helps in improving your mood.
This week, walk a little bit more than last week. This year, walk a little bit more than last year. Walk all the way into better health, better fitness and better moods. Because my father has been walking for the last seven decades, he looks and feels one decade younger. And he is almost always in a great mood!