Isn’t fall a beautiful time of year? Of course there are the apples, pumpkins and squash but one of the most enjoyable is seeing the gorgeous fall colors we are so privileged to have here in northern Wisconsin.
How about getting outside and taking a walk to enjoy all these fall colors? Maybe take a few minutes to just get out of the house. Perhaps it will become a habit.
We caregivers can always use a lift to our spirits and what better way than to take a walk? You can walk alone if you can leave your loved one or if someone will watch him/her while you go. Or you can actually take your loved one along.
Walking can be done anywhere and basically requires no equipment except a pair of decent walking shoes. It requires minimum effort to start walking – although you certainly can drive to a park or trail if you prefer. But really, all you have to do is walk out the door and go. No practice required either – we all know how to walk.
One of the biggest benefits for us, as caregivers, is that it takes our minds off things for awhile. Getting outside feeling the fresh air and enjoying the scenery can lift our spirits – even if it’s been a rather difficult day.
If it’s been awhile since you walked you will want to start out slowly – walking short distances the first few times. And you don’t need to walk every single day to reap the benefits – walk a few times each week and you will be surprised how good you feel. You don’t even need to walk fast – unless your main objective is the exercise. Taking a nice leisurely stroll can do much for your soul.
Even in your daily routines you can do things to increase walking. You can park farther from the store – unless your loved one is along and you need handicapped parking. If you shop at a store with stairs, try taking the stairs rather than the elevator now and then.
If you feel like you might get bored, try walking different routes. Many people listen to music while they walk but it may be just as enjoyable to simply listen to the sounds of nature. You can also walk with a friend – it makes the walk go faster and gives you a chance to chit-chat.
So, while it’s still relatively comfortable outside – get out and take that walk.
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