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My piece of the world: Walking, so much more than just exercise

By Jinifer Rae

My mother used to tell me that walking is the best exercise because it uses every muscle in the body at the same time. As a teenager who absolutely hated to exercise, I suppose those comments were spoken to encourage me to take on some form of movement. My mother would often find me with my nose stuck in a book, quite content to sit reading for hours on end. Although I still love curling up with a good book, walking has become one of my favorite things to do. The town of Mountain City is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors. A walk in the morning gives a special opportunity to appreciate scenery unique to this area. The sunrise coming across the mountain range is a glory to behold.

As the sun’s first rays crest over the horizon, it is almost as if the colors of the trees change before your eyes. The many-faceted hues of green can be observed in the twilight, from mint to the darkest evergreen shade. As I observe all the nature’s beauty around me, the thought often crosses my mind that green must be one of God’s favorite colors. I mean, after all, He painted the entire earth green. I am so glad He did too. I never tire of looking at the gorgeous backdrop of mountains against the blue sky. I feel so blessed living in such a beautiful area. However, it is not just the beauty of nature that I love about walking around our town.

My walks have provided opportunities to have conversations with the people who live here. I have talked to shop owners, school teachers, postal workers, and of course, my neighbors. Without exception, everyone always has the time to stop and say hello. Time is a precious commodity in the busy world we live in, and a special gift is given when someone takes a few moments to ask about the welfare of another. The simple act of greeting takes on a social level that offers a feeling of being cared about as a person. I got to experience that warm emotion because I took a walk. Since on my daily walks, I get to see so much, socialize, and oh! ….lest I forget…. exercise, I guess my mom was correct after all. A person really does use every muscle in the body when walking. Perhaps it really is the best exercise.