Learning while walking
Thursday, September 24, 2020
I had a thought on my walk this morning. More than one.
The first was that my neighborhood has the not-so-rare yellow bellied squirrels.
Walnut painted squirrels, that is.
The walnuts have been bountiful this year and I find chewed husks everywhere. I've had whole unhusked walnuts hidden in my BBQ grill, my hose-holding pots and in the gutters!
Walk like a I'm marionette.
Between PT, exercise and discussions with my Pilates instructing DD1 I've been prodded to think I'm attached to strings. It makes sense.
PT says imagine there is a string through your spine up to the top of your head. I should reach up like that string is slightly tightened. This keeps me from slouching, my neck is straight but relaxed and my shoulders are back. Use this in all my exercises. DD1 uses this "String Theory" as well when she trains me in Pilates. I'm using it when I walk. I imagine there are strings attached to my knees and I must lift using my quads, not kicking my legs forward using my glutes. This also keeps me from scuffing my feet on the sidewalk; something I did this morning and almost fell on my face because I was not paying attention!
Do it when no one is looking.
I observed a gentleman my age riding his bike toward me on our main road. He signaled to make a right turn and there was no one around to see his proper signal.
It got me thinking.
If I do something every time, even when no one is looking, I'll benefit from having that "thing" become routine, automatic. Like my walks. I've walked almost every day for the past 4 months. Sometimes twice a day.
That something can be NOT doing something, too. Not going into the refrigerator when I'm stressed.