I often need a bit of a push to do things that I know are good for my health.
That push comes from many places for different things. Sometimes it’s my husband gently saying, “honey, you should go lay down.” Sometimes it’s the pain in my gut that tells me that pizza wasn’t such a good idea. And, sometimes it’s finding adding fun to to the mundane.
Because I most certainly need a reason beyond the obvious health benefits to get my you know what in gear and get some exercise, I thought a walk challenge for the whole AS community would be a great way to get not only me moving but hopefully a lot of us moving. I also hope that this can be a way for our friends and family to participate, share, and support us.
Our friends and family often do not know how they can show us they care. Walk events are wonderful but they can also be intimidating and what happens if the day of the event arrives and you are flaring. We’ve all been there. We feel horrible and we feel like we are letting everyone down. So here’s the plan… over the span of two months we log the steps we take. If one day it’s walking to the mailbox or simply to the bathroom that is fine. You logged and contributed those steps! If it gets you out of the house and walking down the block when you might not have had the reason to think of it – then BRAVO – you did something wonderful for yourself. If it gets your friends and family to see that AS affects all of us so differently. It affects us differently because of age, due to progression of fusion, and even by differently simply due to the day. Hopefully by sharing this walk challenge with them, they will gain even more understanding which is one of the things we would all like a bit more of.
I hope you’ll consider adding your steps to our million step challenge! If it’s 100 or 100,000 – we welcome your contribution. The steps are going to be collected by team captains and then compiled. The idea of teams was decided on for a few reasons. First, a little bit of competition makes things really fun. Second, teams will allow different A.S. groups and organizations to share their A.S. advocacy with all of us, I’m sure we will all discover a lot about new people working to spread A.S. Awareness. And last but not least, it is out of sheer necessity. It would be very difficult for me to take in all of the weekly step counts so the team captains will help immensely in helping administer this walk. I’d like to thank them before we even begin for “stepping” up!
What will be your reasons to walk? Let us know what you think.