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Friday, June 6, 2014

Doctor's orders




My lovely wife's doctor wants her to do more walking for exercise -as much as when we were sailing.

On the surface it seem strange that being on a small sailboat would almost force us to do a lot of walking. Had we been sailing across oceans, that might have been the case. As coastal sailors, we walked everywhere.

We exercised without even trying. Sailing does take energy. Just the rocking back and forth of the boat works core muscles. Sometimes we'd anchor, then paddle into shore to walk the dog. Even when we'd stay at a marina, we got a lot of waking in. We were always hoofing it to get groceries, do laundry, fill prescriptions, go to restaurants, or even just general sight seeing. Then there were all those long beaches to wander on.

We returned to cold weather and lousy walking conditions. Not only that we had an awful of things to do instead of walking. Worse yet, it's a lot easier to prepare elaborate meals while on land.

I know I felt a lot better on the boat. Aches and pains that I had forgotten about have returned. Crap.

So I guess my lovely wife and I will be making an effort to get back into sailing condition. At least the weather is a lot more pleasant than when we first came home. When we were sailing we walked because it was what we had to do. Now we have to walk because it's what we should do. There are beautiful places to walk right outside my door, so have no excuse. It's just a matter of resetting priorities

-Sixbears

15 comments:

  1. Exercise is important.I need to do more my self.we all probably need to.Some times you have to do things so you can do what you like to do.Getting started is the hardest part!

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    1. Getting started is easy. Sticking with it on the other hand . . .

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  2. And walking is so damn simple.
    I'd like to take my hat off to whoever it was that invented it.
    Most people can do it without much training, there's no exams and you can do it without a university degree, so unless you're walking past Harvard, you don't have to go there. You don't need special clothes, you can walk legally without a helmet. You can talk and walk, you can eat and walk, you can sing too at the same time as walking. You can even smell the flowers and hold you're lover's hand.
    I really think this walking thing could catch on you know Sixbears. If you promote it here and I promote it there, we could have lots of people doing it...

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  3. Sorry, you're lover's hand should be your lover's hand.
    But you all knew that...

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    1. I'm only the third generation of my family not to walk on all fours. When man made that great leap from the trees . . . we stumbled. :)

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  4. And you got a beautiful pond to walk around, or part way around depending on how the Mrs. is feeling. You also have a friend that knows Tai Chi that might work out with you guys for more exercise.

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    1. I know, right? No excuse not to.

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  5. I've always heard that walking is very good exercise. I reckon that sailing is as well!

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    1. Two great things that go great together.

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  6. I need to walk more, but it is a lot easier to sit on the couch with my laptop.

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  7. I always hated anything I should do for my health; I want to see some tangible benefit!

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    1. I've got a problem with exercise for its own sake. Getting a work out while getting something done is more my thing.

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    2. Yeah, that's why I bought a lawnmower and started cutting the grass myself again this year. This getting older business is for the birds! :-)

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  8. Juice you pains and medications away.

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