It's just one hour around the loop at Sharon Woods. Is it really a workout? My leg muscles have worked continuously for an hour, propelling me up and down hills. My heart rate has held steady in my zone 2 except when I push myself up the hills, which is when I got some awesome high intensity training. I drip sweat, I breathe heavy, I push myself. I burn an amazing 500 calories in the zone that is perfect for weight loss as well as heart health, mental health, joint health. I share the path with deer and wild turkeys. I leave exhausted and feeling amazing. But it's just a walk.
It's just a path in the woods at Highbanks. Is it really a workout? There are hills I come to where I have to dig deep within to push myself to the top. So I lean forward, make two fists and pump my way forward. There are stretches of trail I come to where I have to dig deep mentally to keep my pace. All the while, sweat is dripping off of me and my heart rate monitor is racking up calories burned past 600...650...I stop for a moment at the overlook to see bald eagles flying over the river, a large nest perched in a treetop above. When I get to the car, I feel like a changed person, inside and out. Legs exhausted. Heart full. Mind at peace. But it's just a walk.
It's just a group walk. Is it really a workout? I know I could do this on my own, but I don't. I think about walking, but I struggle to get it done. I know it is what's missing, so I sign up and schedule my walks. Monday night. Thursday night. I show up and I see the people I met last time and we greet each other. They ask me how my week is going. We start to walk. Some walkers go ahead of me, others are behind. It doesn't matter. We're all walking. As we get to know each other, time flies by as do the miles. Before I know it, we are done. Heart rate monitor says 55 minutes, 485 calories burned. I did it! I hear someone say to me, "good job!" I feel proud of myself. I feel good about myself. Because instead of thinking about it but never actually doing it, I did it. I take that confidence with me for the rest of the week. I start to become a person who knows what to do, and does it.
But it's just a walk.