All my life I’ve had dogs and I don’t think I could walk as fast or as far without their companionship. Many years ago I suffered a partially ruptured disk and walking became the cornerstone to healing and avoiding spinal surgery. Physical therapist Sherry Brourman really saved me by helping me Walk Yourself Well so I stick to walking. Inspired by Olympian Track Star Shannon Rowbury’s advice to moms on starting a fitness program, I am keeping better track of my miles.
I have driven my car over my routes so I know exactly how far I’m walking. If pressed for time, I only do 3 miles, but I prefer the 5-7 mile range since I can avoid cars and maybe catch sight of wild birds or deer. Also, walking a greater distance helps me get into “the zone” where I can better solve issues and challenges happening in my life. For me, this is huge.
This weekend Scout and I hiked in the Santa Monica Mountains near Tree People. I realize that when it comes to walking, I’ve come to the point where if I’m unable to take my morning walk, I don’t feel right the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau wrote that he could not preserve his health and spirits, “…unless I spend four hours a day…sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”
Beverly Hills is a great place to walk because of the ample sidewalks and trees. You don’t have to dodge cars and many streets offer shade. If you must multi-task, running errands on foot in Beverly Hills is very do-able. Bank, pharmacy and Farmers Markets are within a few, mostly flat, miles of the residential areas.
If I need a little oomph and attitude to really kick my pace into gear I’ll listen to my iPod. Here is my list of great walking songs:
The Walk by Mayer Hawthorne
Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
Walk of Life by Dire Straits
Walk it Out by Unk
Walk On by U2
With the right dog and the right song, nobody will be able to pass you on the trail or on the street.
Where do you walk?