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.