The road less traveled can result in the best journey

I dropped my car off at the dealership earlier today to have a repair made.  Nothing fancy about this, but I needed to get to my wife’s office afterward to borrow her car for the day.  I asked about a shuttle ride and they said it would be about 15 minutes, not a bad wait at all, but I gave this some thought and chose to use another route to get to the car.

My wife works about 3/4 mile away from the dealership, so I decided I would make the walk.  When I told the staff I would walk, it was almost like I had insulted them, which I  had no intention of doing.

We live in a society, especially in the suburbs, where we often get into the car versus walking in many instances.  A walk of less than one mile is something that most all of us should be able to do and I chose to make the hike since I never get enough exercise.

The temperature outside was in the low 40 degree range on the Fahrenheit scale, so it was just a little brisk.  I also had my iPad and coffee mug with me, so I had a little to carry, but not really that much.

While walking along the road on the sidewalk I had the chance to soak up the air and also get a first hand view of all that was going on around me.  I know that I am often blind to what is happening around me when I drive, rightly so, since I need to focus on the road.

The average American walks 5000 to 7000 steps per day based on research and my little jaunt this morning was 4000, so I almost hit the norm before 9:00 am.  I also got a better view of the world around me and had a few moments where I was not bombarded with music, data or other electronic influences that are commonplace for most of us.

What is the point?  Here is my point:

Walking is good, and walking as part of our normal day is a habit that all of us need to do more often.

People living in the city, commuters who take the train, the bus or other mass transit get their steps in going from point to point.  I need to see the research to see the difference between city dwellers and suburbanites when it comes to daily walking.  Those of us in the burbs almost have to drive from a safety perspective since sidewalks and suburban design don’t always cooperate.

When the opportunity arises, take the pavement and don’t get behind the wheel.

Even better, when you are in a building, take the stairs and avoid the elevator.

It all adds up, trust me.