Earlier this week I went into a sports shop in Tai Po to buy a small pouch to hold my mobile phone and other paraphernalia. A well-spoken Chinese gentleman stepped in behind me and said, “Hey, you’re the guy that walks along the river!”
I was quite thrilled to have been recognised. So, henceforth I shall be known as:
‘The Guy that walks along the River.’
I’m told that in American Indian parlance, ‘He who walks’ refers to a man who is too cheap to pay for the bus…Well, I do have Scots ancestry.
However, it was nice to know that I was being noticed.
As a proponent of regular walking plans, I thought it best to give my readers an indication of just what I do on a weekly basis. The following is an example of a record for seven days:
Monday – 5.9 km
Tuesday – 6.7 km
Wednesday 7.1 km
Thursday – 5.8 km
Friday – 7.0 km
Saturday – 7.3 km
Sunday – 5.9 km
The total for the seven day period was 45. 7 km and the average per day was 6.5 km. Which was 1.5 km more than my target. What is significant is that this was done without any additional stress or effort.
The average time I spend walking every day is around 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 and a half hours. Again, this is significant! Why? Because it’s an indication that you don’t have to commit a large part of your day to keep up with a minimum plan! An even easier alternative would be to divide the day into three 30 minute sessions in the morning, afternoon and evening. My wife and I are proponents of taking an evening stroll.
Remember the quotation from Abbie Barnes: “Starting small is the way to create sustainable steps”
In my daily travels, I am fortunate to meet with others that follow the same path along the river as myself. We always take the time to nod at each other and smile.
It is always a smile of encouragement.
Occasionally, we stop and talk and the subject of age usually comes up. The day before posting this I spoke to a Chinese gentleman who told me he was 89 years of age, 20 years older than myself.
I remember thinking: ‘I hope I look half that good when I reach his age.’
So, stop thinking about it! Stop talking about it and do it!
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