It’s been forever, my apologies.
I have engaged myself in a wide range of activities the past few months, a lot has changed, success and chances to try all over again as well. But today I’ll narrate to you a recent activity I took over. Two weeks ago, I decided to ditch the ride after work for a routine walk.
My phone came with an in-built music player app that comes with a variety of playlists, though you have to internet-stream to access them. I randomly selected a playlist titled “Walking”. I am not generally a fan of the hip-hop beats but it did offer a good selection that helped pace up my walking. Most of the songs are from a South African selection as it seems Kenyans/East Africans have not yet tapped into the app’s money making path. I learnt of some gospel artist/band going by the name Jub Jub, the song that really impressed me is called “Iyeza”. You’ll surely love it; its got a mixture of hip-hop beats with some rapping that I can’t catch up with by the way, though I can slow speak each of the words. The voices are acappela-like and blend in so well. The lyrics are partly in English so the language barrier will not lock you out fully. Walking with music in full blast is awesome as I came to realise it helps in pacing; while at the same time clears up your mind, giving you the space to evaluate life experiences and how to handle them.
Walking for leisure is something that Kenyans have not fully embraced. This, in my opinion, is castigated by the notion that walking is a sign of poverty, lack of class and/or a waste of time. It’s high time people gave walking for leisure a second thought. Take for instance sitting thro’ traffic for amost a whole hour for a safe distance of 5KM, does it really make sense? You made be tired from work yes, but leisure walking as a matter of fact eases up the body from the fatigue. In my evening walk, I mapped out a mental landmark for motivation. Whenever I reach that point, relaxation flows thro’ my body system naturally. It feels like having covered that distance takes away all the life burdens off my shoulders…..at that point I feel like I have crossed the darning 40KM mark from the marathon, and with only 2KM left, my thoughts start to ring back to what remains to be done for the day.
As a healthy lifestyle, leisure walking has also improved my feeding habits for the better. I am naturally a poor feed since 2010 or somewhere there off……. However, in the fortnight of leisure walking, the need for extra kilocalories to burn while covering the distance has naturally triggered my appetite. I eat all the basic meals without failure and at no instance do I feel like I’m so full, unlike before when with a meal or two a day, particularly breakfast, I was ready to clock a day. I eat healthy snacks in between the main meals, and this has helped built up my body mass to a higher scale. The snacks are important to replenish build up energy for use in the “work-out”. Good sleep is also a recipe for good glowing skin, something I have achieved in a fortnight of leisure walking.
There’s no love that beats a good pair of shoes to couple up with a good mood. I have purposed to put on comfortable sneakers for the evening walk whenever I can, though I am still grappling with the need to keep up with a sporty look for the walk. On most of the days, I just walk in my normal outfits, well, except the high heels. And until I can get a serious “leisure walk only” kind of partner, I might just presume that “I don’t care about what I am in, after all it’s just but a leisure walk”.
On that note, I hope to keep up with a weekly update to the blog on “simple lifestyle habits”.
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