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Why I take walks for the New Year

Its a New Year! 2008! Wow! Exciting but so much to do; even overwhelming at times. Is this the year for the next assignment (PCS); return or departure of a loved one; arrival of a new family member; car running out of miles and a new one on the horizon; etc., etc., ?

Isn't life interesting but we all need to find ways to cope. One of my favorites is to take a walk. The physical exercise is great for you but the emotional exercise is sometimes even better. I can't count how many times I have worked through problems while on a walks! They can be single, with the dog, with a partner, with a friend and with the family! A family fun time with kids on bikes or being pulled/pushed is high on my list of to dos! During couple walks we talked our way through PCS issues, family issues and couple issues! I even learned a few French words and phrases while walking with my spouse preparing for a vacation to Paris one time (a promised event after being on 30 minute alert 24/7 for over 2 years).

We lived on several installations with long beautiful areas to walk/jog/bike and enjoy; many communities have rail to trail routes; and we bought a house in the country with a trail across the road so I could enjoy my pasttime! If you go exploring in new trails and or areas do be aware of security. I always want to know where I was at and if needed you can carry something for noise like a whistle or other defensive measures or even just bring along man's best friend.

So, get out of the house and/or office and find the time to take those walks! You will find that you can get more done, have an easier time handling the emotions during "family times" and have a better view of coming events with a few minutes a day! Make it a regular event!

Is there a great trail and/or path in your area that you could share with our readers? Pass it on with a brief description of its location including the installation nearby.

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