Walk With Ease: Final Thoughts
As my culminating reward for completing the Walk with Ease program, I spent an evening under the stars listening to jazz music at the Hollywood Bowl. The recent warm weather has provided us with the perfect backdrop for a full line of outdoor activities and as last night’s enthusiastic crowd proved, Angelenos (myself included!) love to bask in our world famous weather. After stepping off of the shuttle bus, I noticed that the long pathway from the parking area to the seating area was a gradual steep incline. Although escalators were available, I decided to walk up the hill instead, utilizing the skills I learned from the Walk
with Ease program. Other visitors also leisurely climbed the hill and it seemed that everyone was looking forward to the evening.
The Walk with Ease program has enabled me to create and maintain an exercise plan and gradually build on it at my own pace. It was refreshing to share in the experience with others and although the program is slowly coming to an end, I made it my personal goal to keep walking at least three times a week, for 30 minutes a day!
One of the realizations I made during the program was that the ease of walking is something I take for granted. However, there may come a time for me when walking becomes painful, challenging
and limited. It is important for me to take action today in order to minimize and/or prevent future declines in my health condition.
For all of us who will finish the program, I think the biggest reward is the knowledge that we have taken responsibility for our own lives. We have actively taken the steps needed to promote a genki lifestyle and reap the benefits of our hard work. We should be proud of our accomplishments and continue to strive for the best!
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