After spending the night in a lazy-boy chair because I couldn’t get up to go to bed my mother summoned a passerby the following morning to pull me out of the chair and deliver me to the chiropractor. The chiropractor did a good job of getting me back on my feet, but my lower back was still killing me and I could barely walk. After about six sessions I was felling a bit better but it hurt every-time I took a step.
Warp speed to the my last visit when I enquired about a walking program. The chiropractor
told me I would probably incur more injuries and recommended that I stay off my feet and continue my visitations until I had more closure. The following morning I was lacing up my tennis shoes when my mother reminded me that I wasn’t to walk until the healing was completed.
As if struck by lightning and oftentimes it takes a jolt I decided right then and there that I was going to try walking if it killed me. I walked about three hundred yards up to the firehouse and back. From then on it was all down hill. I eventually walked a block, then three blocks, then one quarter of a mile, one-half a mile and then a mile. Each time reminding myself and thanking my lucky stars that I could walk. I also remembered my chiropractor weighted in at around 400 hundred pounds and was he the guy that was going to determine my life. Many times you must go against the grain and do what you think is the right thing. As we all know we didn’t come with an operating manual.
My Uncle Lewis had disc surgery on his back and was never the same again. My personal belief is if you have a one in a million chance of allowing your back to heal without the surgery take the chance. There are some recent stats floating around that indicate as high as eighty percent of the back surgeries are unnecessary. However, which ever way you go you are not off the hook. If you decide to not have back surgery then you will need to make a tremendous effort to establish a walking program that will fit your body and personality.
The easiest method is to purchase a calendar and write down your walking on a daily basis.
You will be amazed by just establishing your goals and writing down the mileage you are ahead of the game. Since I started my walking program I have walked a minimum of one thousand miles per year over the last 5 years. An average week might go something like this: five miles on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday which is 20 miles per week times four equals 80 miles per month times 12 equals nine hundred sixty miles. If you make it that far we will bonus you the extra 40 miles. Just another reward for starting a walking program. Another way to measure your five mile effort— it takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes with a rather quick pace.
Start with a five minute walk and increase the minutes until you reach your desired goal adjusting the program to fit you. Repetion is the key. The key is repetion. I need to repeat my steps. Don’t fall off the watermellon wagon after twelve steps. You certainly can do better than Brittany Spears and George Bush. Go ahead take that thirteenth step you are on your way my friend— keep walking and never look back
Oh great just another program. I don’t think I have walked five miles in my entire life. The thing about a walking program— you can do it anywhere and you can get started with one step. All you need is a pair of walking shoes or tennis shoes and you are off to the races. The key is to decide that the benefits are stacked on your side and get started. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone decides to walk around the World. So if that is your goal better start walking or I will commit you to life in your lazy-boy. It’s your choice and now you can make this a part of your operating manual that you never received at birth. WALK -A-BOUT ! By cracky is that Ayers Rock in Australia I just passed. Me thinks this walking is the way to go— see you in Tasmania mate and don’t forget to keep track of your tracks.
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THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a lemur native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth with a long, thin middle finger to fill the same ecological niche of a woodpecker. It is the world’s largest nocturnal primate, and is characterized by its unique method of finding food; it taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood and inserts its elongated middle finger to pull the grubs out.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS always park your motor car so far away that you and your friends will think you are hiking to the nearest restaurant, mall, or venue and may need a travel guide to return. Now that’s walking!