Cliff and I were taking daily walks long before his CABG surgery; in fact, our walk was what caused his chest pains in 2005, which led to our getting him to the doctor... in a round-about way, and with a little shove from a friend.
We've been walkers on and off for years, but this round of diet/exercise began almost three years ago; we'd go to the little park less than a mile away and make use of the track there. It circles a little-league baseball field. If we walked a half-hour, that was six turns around the track, and it added up to a mile-and-a-half. Can you say "boring"?
So one day I headed out to the pasture with watch in hand and figured out a half-hour walk there, a walk that incorporated hills, something we were lacking at the track. And pleasant scenery.
So that's been our routine ever since, except during Cliff's recuperation from heart surgery. There are disadvantages, by the way, the main one being that we get wet feet when there's a heavy dew... which is almost every day. Or when it has rained, which results in muddy places where the horses lounge.
Cliff's Wisconsin sister and her husband visited recently, and they wanted to go along on our daily walk. Both Cliff's sisters have invested heavily in exercise equipment, and this particular sister uses her Nordic-track religiously, every day. Not to mention the various workout tapes she uses.
So imagine my surprise when both she and her husband gave out after our first hill, puffing and panting and begging for mercy. From that point on, they waited for us at the top of each hill.
Now I'll grant you, Rena has been a heavy smoker all her life (she quit three months ago) and has permanent damage from a lung that collapsed when she had a wreck several years ago.
But I'm just glad to know our half-hour walk is so difficult for someone used to working out on an expensive Nordic-track and using exercise videos.
We must be getting plenty of cardiovascular exercise.