Most days I walk in a local state park with beautiful views of bay and mountains. Quite often I see familiar faces. Folks wave and smile, some shout a hearty "Good Morning" while others, plugged into earphones, zip quickly by. And there's always a cute little pup ready for a pat. But on a brisk winter afternoon I had a different experience. Rounding the bend of my second lap of the parade ground there was someone new. And a brief chat would change my day.
She was bundled in a long, gray, wool coat, black gloves, fuzzy red beret, and white athletic walking shoes with red laces. She looked to be in her eighties and was using a walker to maneuver the sidewalk. "Aren't the mountains lovely today," she said. I agreed and at the same time noticed her bright blue eyes and cheerful demeanor. "I used to run this entire park," she said. "Then I had to switch to walking and now I'm reduced to this contraption. But the good news is I'm still out here exercising."
I was near tears as we went our separate ways. There are times when I actually step out of myself and appreciate the gifts right under my nose. For this former personal trainer, distance runner, occasional whiner over stuff I can no longer do, that sweet lady was a much needed boot in the pants. While my body doesn't do well running anymore (I know this because when I try I hurt), I can walk for miles and for that I am grateful. Like the woman with the walker I'm still out there aging into good exercise.
In truth, there are many small exercise techniques I use to stay healthy. And you can, too. As a writer with a goal of adding to the health of the community, I continue to share my aging journey in this latest article This Old Girl - Aging Into Good Exercise With a Retired Personal Trainer.
Best wishes from This Old Girl.
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