Life Experience - Walking can be hazardous to your health
I love walking. I do a 30-minute power walk everyday.. well, almost everyday. Did you know that you burn virtually the same number of calories whether you run or walk a mile? Seriously! You just get there faster if you run. And aside from walking as a great form of exercise, researches prove that walking is good for you in terms of major reductions in both diabetes and heart disease, decreases in high blood pressure, increases in bone density, and that's only for starters.
Well, I say Hippocrates must have been a very smart dude!
But walking can also be hazardous to your health!
A few days ago, while I was walking, I saw a new condominium being built and on top of the building sat a red crane with a half moon in the background. "What a beautiful sight," I thought. As an amateur photographer, I was thinking that would have been a fantastic shot had I brought my camera with me. When suddenly I was flying in the air like I just hit the baseball and I was running as fast as I could and then diving to reach the first base diamond before the first baseman caught the darn ball. But since it was not on the baseball field but on a concrete sidewalk, I landed hard on my right knee first while still sliding forward scraping the skin off my right knee and putting a hole on my favourite blue jeans. Then with a thug the right side of my face hit the pavement.
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Are you all right?
A biker stopped and asked me if I was all right..."Are you all right?" I couldn't answer because I was in total shock and in so much pain, so I couldn't really say if I was all right or not. But he kept on asking "Are you all right?" Well, I thought since I'm not dead, I should be all right then. So I mumbled "Yes" and tried to get up. My right temple felt it was going to explode so I put my hand where the pain was, it was wet. I look at my hand, it was bloodied. Now I could feel the warm blood dripping down my cheek.
The biker said "Your face, it's bloody." and I said "Yes". I found a tissue in my pocket and tried to stop the bleeding. And then I sat on the kerb. The biker again asked "Are you all right?" At this point, I wanted to slap him silly while screaming "NO, I'M NOT ALL RIGHT!!!", but that wouldn't be nice, would it? Also I couldn't manage that physically. I was in so much pain and I was disoriented. But I wanted the biker to stop asking if I was all right and just be off and leave me alone. So I forced myself to say "Yes." The biker left.
But he came back with another biker. This other biker looked HOT. The HOT biker asked me the same question, "Are you all right?" I found out that even in a state of shock, your brain can still recognize who's HOT and who's not... but you cannot answer a simple question with a simple answer--yes or no. So I said "No" and then said "Yes." I took the bloodied tissue off my face and I asked, "Is there a big cut on my face?" The HOT guy said "No. There are just two little cuts but that's a lot of blood. The bleeding has stopped tho'."
"Do you live around here?" he asked. I said "Yes."
"Can you walk home?" I said "Yes."
"Can I get you something?" I said "No."
"Let me go get a cold compress for you." I said "No, I'm ok."
"I just live two houses away, I'll be right back." He came back with a cold compress wrapped in paper towel followed by his lovely wife. I said thank you and pressed it on my face. That felt good. It actually took the pain away for a few seconds.
The wife asked the same question "Are you all right?" I said "Yes, thank you." She left.
The HOT biker said "I hate to leave you here. Do you want some water." I said "No, go ahead. Thank you for your help. I'm all right now."
After a few minutes sitting on the kerb, I was ready to move on. I had two choices: either go back home or continue with my walk. A person in her right mind should go home, take two Advil, then lie down and take it easy. I decided to continue with my walk. Why for God's sake you might ask. Didn't I say "a person in her right mind"?
While I was walking, a thought crossed my mind. "What if I had a concussion and just dropped dead while walking?" Then I would die doing something I like to do... walking... although if I had a choice I would rather die in my sleep. Remember that guy who wanted to die while asleep like his grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car?
I finished my walk without dying, went to the bank, and did my grocery shopping. Then I went home took a shower, took two Advil, made myself a big mug of caramel vanilla coffee and ate a big slice of chocolate cheesecake that my daughter made the night before. Life was good.
The next day though, life wasn't so good. I woke up with a humongous headache. I couldn't move my leg without screaming in pain and my face had a big bump that also hurt like crazy. Luckily no broken bones, just badly bruised ego.
So there you go... walking can be hazardous to your health. But it can also make you fly.
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