I’ve always had to be at work at such an early hour that walking in the morning wasn’t a viable option unless I wanted to get up at 4am. Let’s just say that I am not that much of an early bird and I have no love for worms! But one of the things I’ve most enjoyed since retiring and moving to Smallville is the early morning walk I take each morning with a friend.
We walk every weekday morning from 5:30 – 6:30 so that she can make it to work. I’ve been told that I’m nuts to get up at 4:50 a.m. when I could be sleeping, but I find that the early morning is when I’m most productive and energetic. I also know that if I put exercising off until later in the day that I’ll find one excuse and then another to put it off and not do it at all. Years of procrastination have at least taught me something.
There are mornings when I’d rather crawl back under the warm covers – and occasionally I do let my lazy side get the better of me. But for the most part I enjoy the quiet time in the morning and the uninterrupted visits with my friend too much to give up the walks in exchange for more sleep. I’m doing something that clears my head, starts my day off right, is good for my heart, and gives me an energy boost that lasts the rest of the day. I’m sure it’s the best thing I’ve done for my health in years.
There is a rhythm that you get to observe in the mornings before the sun comes up. We pass the same neighbor most mornings and exchange greetings. We see the folks out throwing the newspapers. We hear the roosters crowing and see the school bus pull out to make its morning run. Towards the end of our walk we get to observe as the town slowly begins to come to life. The magic of the morning makes getting out of bed worth the effort.
Arriving home I feel like I’ve already accomplished something for the day even before the rest of my household is awake. The house is quiet and it’s a time I can surf the internet for a few minutes before starting on my writing tasks. By the time I crawl in the shower I feel like I’ve already met my goals for the day.
There are things I miss about working. But the early morning walk is something I’ve gained that I’d miss if I had to give it up now. Apparently life is a series of trade-offs and this one definitely is a positive one.