(Author's NOTE: As summer is winding down, the season of Fall or Autumn is just around the corner. Noticeably, the weather is getting cooler; leaves of trees are starting or have started to fall on the ground, and their colors are changing, from green to yellow to brown. As the song goes, "Autumn leaves start to fall..." Fall foliage is a delightful treat to nature and outdoor enthusiasts like me. Btw, Fall (Equinox) won't start 'til September 22nd, Monday. Welcome Fall!)
Go for A Walk this Fall*
One simple, inexpensive way I have found to cope with and manage my fibromyalgia and chronic lower back pain is walking around the neighborhood. I believe in mowing around, doing simple physical conditioning to ease my body and muscle (and joint) pain.
Fall is the perfect time to get out of the house to stretch my legs, breathe fresh air, enjoy the scenery, and meet new friends along the way.
Walking is the simplest form of exercise, and it's free---no gym equipment or tools required. all you need are comfortable clothes and a pair of walking shoes and maybe an audiobook or an MP3 to listen to, along with a ball cap or a visor. Even better is having a friend to keep you company.
Walking helps relieve boredom and anxiety. It's a stress-buster, too. Weather and body permitting, I prefer walking in the morning sun. It's such a relief strolling in the neighborhood, meeting joggers, bikers and fellow walkers and greeting each other with a pleasant "Good morning!"
A simple stroll can add vitality to your life, besides giving you the opportunity to meet a new neighbor, get vitamin D from the morning sun and find ways to help out in your community.
One important thing to always consider in maintaining our health, especially while outdoors: Think safety at all times. Before engaging in strenuous physical exercise, check with your doctor.
Go for a short walk and enjoy the fall weather. The leaves are starting to fall and fall foliage is a delightful treat for nature and outdoor enthusiasts like me.
-Chris A. Quilpa, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, lives in Suffolk. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit his blog at onebuddingpoet/writer-chris.blogspot.com. Check out his YouTube channel, Chris Quilpa, for short, random videos.
*Published in the Opinion page of the award-winning Suffolk New-Herald, Saturday, September 20, 2014. For more info, visit www.suffolknewsherald.com.