“Walking is man’s best medicine.”
I also cleaned out my roll top desk in my spare time and found four (yes four!) pedometers and a Walkman CD player so I can have tunes when I venture out again. Okay, the Walkman’s not as cool as an MP3 player; maybe that will be my next exercise investment.
I found a program online where I can map my walking routes and determine distances, so I can set up walks of specified lengths. There are a number of such programs online, such as MapMyWalk.com, or you could even do it with MapQuest, but the program I like is a part of the SparkPeople.com website.
Basically you just make a dot-to-dot trail on a street map of where you plan to go, and with each new “dot” the program gives you a running total of the distance you have mapped out. So if I want to plan a two mile walk around my neighborhood, I can just tweak the dots until I arrive at that total distance. I’ve created a few routes now so I can know how far I am walking and so I can lengthen my walks by specific increments as I improve. And knowing the distances for my walks ahead of time saves me the hassle of trying to determine which of my four pedometers I might want to wear on any given day.
I’m anxious to get going again. I have a trip planned in June to go to the Ochoco National Forest, and I hope to be up to speed for some hiking by that time. They say bad things come in threes. If that’s the case, I’ve met my quota now, and it will be clear sailing – er, walking – from here on out.