Tuesday, March 10, 2009


In the U.S., we are rapidly approaching my favorite season - Spring. Spring in St. Louis is often rainy and temperatures can range from freezing to 85 F in a single day. No matter. I LOVE Spring!

It's so easy for me to be enthusiastic about walking in Spring. It's not too hot to walk. It's no longer cold, windy, or icy. The sun is frequently shining, even late in the afternoon as the days lengthen after the oppressive short days of Winter.

Even after a full day of work, I'm eager to put on my walking shoes and hit the track or sidewalks in Spring. Each Spring, I renew my heat tolerance as the weather becomes increasingly hot and humid. By the first of June when full Summer is upon us, I have once again developed good heat tolerance so that I can walk 3 miles outside in the sun and humidity.

Mind you, I'm dripping wet when my walk is done - but that's fine. A quick, refreshing shower has me back on track for the rest of my activities. A key for me is keeping a low maintenance hair style so I don't have to fuss. I can cool off and be back in a presentable state within 15-20 minutes of finishing my walk.

In Spring, I'm far more likely to take two walks a day. That's really a bonus if you're trying to lose a few pounds. Two 30 minute walks each day will have you losing weight pretty rapidly. That's not the main reason to walk, but it's a nice bonus if you have a goal of weight loss.

But two walks a day also improves one's state of mind, increases general feelings of well being, strengthens muscle and bone, improves lung function, and gives a 'walker's high' - that natural high that only comes from either dope or exercise. I chose exercise!

Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.


Willa said...

I'm glad to welcome spring here in PA, as well. Once it warms up a little, I'll start walking the dogs twice a day. Now they get 1 good long walk in the middle of the day, and a short get-out-and-get-it-done-before-bed walk in the evening. With my old dog, I used to walk for miles late at night once the weather was acceptable. (You may remember that he was too grumpy to walk in the day, he always saw something he didn't like and had to bark at) But at night we could walk from one end of town to the other, with only drunk college students as obstacles.

Sorry, got off track- I'm glad spring is coming, too!

Tim H said...

Ponytail Tim says I am not cutting my hair. But I am enjoying walking and also look forward to the spring days...Peace,Love,& Respect...Tim