About two weeks ago, I felt that the embarrassment of having a father with dementia needed to leave me because it is not about me, but about helping others realize that they are not alone. This was my inspiration to stop the self-pity party and start walking with a purpose. About for years ago, I learned about my father having small signs of memory loss. It wasn’t until this year…yes, even after the doctor’s visits, visiting with him and even talking with him…that I realized that this condition was really in my family. As a daughter of a person with dementia, it is very difficult to really take it all in, but in simpler terms “get over the embarrassment” and help others realize how deeply it affects the entire family.
I am in my second week of walking with a purpose, and I would like for you to join me in this journey. This will definitely be a journey, because I am not a skinny-mini, but this cause means more to me than I thought just four years ago.
© 2013 Jewel Williams
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2 Peter 1:5 NIV For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;”
Cross over Mt. Helix (Photo credit: Martin LaBar)
Very soon, I will be celebrating my anniversary of beginning the Walking for a Cause blog. And, in this journey, I have noticed one key thing: I have learned. I have learned so many things about myself, the health industry, and the benefits of walking. This road has been one that has kept me going for so many reason, because my faith in knowing that any effort placed toward Alzheimer’s research and other necessary causes will help many regardless of it being from acquiring a few cents, writing blogs for awareness or to walking miles.
When we think of one who must Walk Smart, we think of posture, stride, steps and more, but we must think of how we walk mentally. According to Marian Hoven in the article, What Are the Health Benefits of Walking an Hour a Day on the Treadmill, “Regular exercise can improve your thinking, learning and mood by reducing your risk of depression and relieving stress.”
We must continue to keep walking with much faith and acknowledge that God has His part, but as His children we must do our part as well. We must not stand still and allow faith to be faith, but we must work toward or shall I say walk with confidence in accomplishing our task of living well. Walk Smart can be a call for many of us when it comes to our lives in remaining happy and stress free.
Assignment: When you go to the gym or step outside your door to walk this week, consider how you will be walking or what you may do prior to your walk. Are you still doing the walk for yourself and are you giving back to others as you do so?
Living Room (Photo credit: The Borrowed Abode)
Do you bike, run or dance in your living room? If you do you are not the only person who does these exercises for enjoyment, respite of walking or jogging or just for relaxation. There are so many programs that are available for you to try in your living room that it can become very difficult to choose one that meets your personal needs. It’s called OVERWHELM!
No matter if you are an exercise guru or a couch to 5Ker, you will have that bug in you to try something different to keep the spice in your exercise life. So, I thought I would talk about walking in your living room. Yep! You’ve got it! It’s time to walk inside your home to get your moves on….
Many people have heard about the Leslie Sansone exercise program where you walk a various amount of miles in your space. However, there are ways that you do not have to go and get something extra, but you can use any of your tapes or DVD’s to walk. Instead of participating in the vigorous program, most of them have a person who is participating at a very low level. Most of the programs have music that accompanies the workout. Listen to the music and walk with a fast or slow pace and but enjoy having the company before you working out to their hardest. This is not a cheat moment. Your goal is to move, and this is what you will be doing. There are days where we need to rest or take is slowly, but don’t ever give up.
I know you are wondering have I really tried this?
Yes. There was an extreme cardio tape provided by a friend of mine, and it was way above my level. I knew that I am a believer in challenging oneself, but this was too extreme. I just watched, walked and did a little jog to learn more about the program, but not disappointed that I couldn’t do the extreme moves. It’s about NOT giving up, but doing something.
Don’t get discouraged. Walk/run/jog with the DVD that seems to challenge you. At least you can say you participated! One of the best DVD guru’s gave me the idea, because he didn’t want you to give up but at least participate.