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Walking can do a body good

Friday, August 12, 2011

As time goes on, people often find themselves in lulls of activity. Sometimes the workout routine gets too routine, causing the body to go on autopilot, or it could be that other aspects of life have put high-intensity workout on the back burner. Regardless of the situation, just remember it happens to everyone and it can be overcome.

I often think to myself, "Man if I hadn't taken those two months off, just think about where I would be now."

The problem with that is that it doesn't usually offer any motivation, in fact quite the opposite. Earlier I mentioned how a mental workout is just as important as the physical workout and this is something that I struggle with every day.

Too many times I have thought the dreaded "what if" and end up making myself feel even worse about my progress than I did before. It becomes a self destructive virus running through my brain that ultimately leads to a complete breakdown in desire to work out, eat healthy, and sometimes even go out in public.

One way that I have found to keep from getting to that advanced point is with a little help from my wife. She enjoys going on walks -- usually I don't because I end up breaking a sweat from the heat or the humidity. Regardless of my feelings, like a good husband I join my wife for a walk. Looking back, I believe that those walks, while they may not have been rigorous or intense, kept me moving -- and moving keeps me from thinking about how I'm not doing anything. It may be a small step, but to me it is an extremely important step.

There are fantastic places to go in this area for a nice walk on a Sunday evening or any time for that matter. In Nevada, Mo., there are a few parks that have walking trails around them and in Fort Scott, there is Gunn Park. Gunn Park is a beautiful piece of land is completely free to take advantage of. A hiking and biking trail has been created in the wooded areas of Gunn Park that I have not yet visited but fully plan on it soon.

Michael Pommier
The Shrinking Man