During Physical Fitness Task Force meetings we sometimes discuss new things that we might do to attract new walkers to come out and join our walks, runs and hikes. Some of our ideas are about advertising. But many are about motivating —sometimes we think of prizes or food or fun things to do. I wondered what ideas the worldwide web might suggest for us, so I googled “Motivation for Walking.” Google offered me motivational quotes mostly by famous people. My favorite is by Carrie Latet, a woman that I hadn’t heard of and for whom a quick google check yielded “a woman who is just known for her quotes”. Anyway, her quote is: “Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.” I found that very interesting. Of all the zillions of inventions since humans first walked and not one of them yields an exercise better than what we were able to do millions of years ago. Wow, gives one a lot to think about, but I’m not sure that it will get you out the door when the air conditioning and sofa are calling. I think Mark Twain was a bit more motivational when he said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” In fact, I think getting started is usually the hardest part. Once I am out the door, I quickly begin enjoying the walk and feeling better. The hard part is getting up and out. So, if you are a Twain fan maybe this one will help.
Not a Twain fan? For you early morning folks we have Henry David Thoreau, author of the book Walden. He said “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Recently, a friend of mine began taking a regular early morning walk. She marveled to me about how wonderful it was — the enjoyment of the outdoors, the great exercise and the ease of doing it.