Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Monday, January 26, 2015

was I foolish or wise?

Remember the advice from the Heart Foundation?
We should all walk 10,000 steps per day in the interest of keeping our hearts healthy.

Sounds like a great idea. For a sloth like me, doing them all at once is probably not a good idea.
I think spacing them out over the course of the day is a better idea. Walking every day would be a good idea too. How far is 10,000 steps anyway? I never count my steps.

So here's what I did. 

I went to the movies. I saw Big Hero 6, it's an animated movie and quite good.
The cinema is quite a long distance away, (well it is on the map), but the bus trip doesn't take too long.
Anyway, I got out of the cinema about five minutes too late to catch the bus home and being a public holiday the next one wasn't due for an hour.

So I decided to walk until I heard the bus catching up with me. You know how it goes. Walk to the next stop, check and see if the bus is coming. Keep going.

Off I set, walking, walking, walking and it turned out to be not all that far after all.
It's a distance I used to be able to walk easily.
I stopped for a rest at a bus stop I knew well, another fifteen minutes walking and I'd be home. But just as I got up to start walking again, the bus appeared and I got on.

I expected to feel achy after sitting down here at home, but so far I'm okay. Was I foolish to walk so far when I haven't done it for some time? Time will tell. I may very well be stiff and sore tomorrow.
But I have things to do tomorrow, things which will use those same muscles, that should help ease any stiffness.

And I did enjoy the walking. I was kept company part of the way by four ravens (crows?) who cawed at me at each corner. I saw some lovely gardens too.
I wish I'd had the camera with me, but who takes a camera to the movies?


Here's a quote from yesterday's newspaper.

""Every time you make a typo, the errorists win."

16 comments:

  1. I really like the quote :)

    I love walking. There's so much more to take in at a slower pace than driving. I don't do enough of it these days and I really should remedy that.
    I know I did far, far more than 10,000 steps a day when I lived in the country.

    Crows and ravens are among my most favourite birds. Such excellent company to keep on your expedition.
    Hope your muscles aren't too stiff in the morning.

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  2. I need to walk more. I like it, and I see and smell more when I walk.
    I do hope you are not too stiff tomorrow though.
    Love that quote.

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  3. Vicki; I don't drive at all, I've walked or taken the bus all my life. I'm stiff every morning, so I'm used to it, I hope it will ease off pretty quickly like it always does. I don't walk so much these days because the shops are only five minutes away instead of a couple of suburbs and I've gotten too used to sitting here by the computer. I like the ravens/crows too. If the ravens are the ones with pale blue eyes, then that's what kept me company today.

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  4. Elephant's Child; I need to walk more too, it's the glaring sun and heat that stops me in summer, but I really have no excuse for the winter when I can rug up and get warm by walking.

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  5. I have read that resting a set of muscles one day and resuming the third day is best. On the second day, it seems we should use a different set of muscles.

    Now, mind you, I am not doing anything, so this is just what I have heard, not done. It seems the muscles need time to properly repairs the little tears in muscles, thereby making the muscle stronger. Good grief, I could teach people nd never strain a muscle...lol. Hey, good for you no matter how you get it done.

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  6. Oh, wasn't it too hot for walking River? I love the movies!
    Australia Day post was fab too :)

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  7. The birds were encouraging you to keep going. I'm impressed with your stamina.

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  8. You see so much on a walk that you otherwise misd.

    Damn, the errorists win again.

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  9. Good for you! Here, we're in the dead of winter so if the cold doesn't get us, the icy pavements do. This time of year my walking happens on a treadmill at the YMCA.

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  10. Wonderful quote. I probably would have started home, too. You obviously put your hour wait to good use.

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  11. I think that you did very well. I love walking - you see so much more than just sitting in a bus.

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  12. Hi River,

    I am doing lots of 30 day challenges this year; I have started with two in January, one of which is to walk at least two miles a day. I chose that one because it is easy and I am on day 26, During work days I walk 2.1 miles (assisted by an app on my phone) but at the weekend I have managed three, four and five miles on the odd day.

    Keep it up. I feel much better for it.

    And it's easy.

    :o)

    Cheers

    PM

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  13. Well done on the walking. I have plugged myself into a life style tracker and according to this uncomfortable contraption on my wrist ten thousand steps is around 7kms.

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  14. Linda; I know from experience that if I rest on day two I stiffen up too much and can't move at all on day three. so I did the things I had to do today and I'll be fine tomorrow. I did use a few different muscles this time.

    Rose ~ from OZ; not too hot at all, we've been having fabulous weather, sunny with cool breezes.

    Delores; I knew they were, they'd fly up a few trees ahead of me then wait for me to catch up and off they'd go again.

    joeh; I know. When I'm on the bus my head is buried in my book.
    Watch out for those errorists.

    Mart Damon; I'd have a treadmill if I had space for one, maybe. I prefer walking outside to see different things and we don't get iced over here.

    Joanne; it's a wonderful quote, I wish I could think of things like that. I used to always walk for miles, from one bus stop to another. A lot of the time a bus would pass while I was between stops, so I'd just keep going and often make it home without getting on a bus.

    Molly; when I'm sitting on a bus, I'm reading, so the walk is definitely better for looking at things.

    Plasman; I don't do challenges, too often they fail me because I wake up with pain somewhere that says don't even think about getting out of bed. I do of course, one can't make coffee from the bed. (*~*), but some days I'm crawling around on all fours until things loosen up. How much is two miles in kilometres?

    Jacana; 7kms?? And they want people to walk that far every day?? When are we supposed to get anything else done? I once pushed myself to 6kms years ago and slept for the entire afternoon after that!

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  15. I love that quote! :)

    I hope you're not feeling any after effects from your lengthy walk, River. I'm afraid I couldn't do that these days...so good on you.

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  16. Lee; feeling it quite a bit now, I'm sitting with a hot water bottle pressed against my lower back, I'll be taking it easy today.

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