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Walking With Geese

A Red Pine Mountain Logo My joints are aching lately.  To be honest, my entire body aches as I head to the far side of my fifties.  Will it slow me down?  No, but I've been looking for that perfect exercise partner. One who will understand my needs. And, finally that perfect partner has arrived.

Who is it you ask?  What is it would be the correct answer.  Geese, yes geese.

If you want a cardio workout try turkeys because they run. If you’re into competitive events then use guineas. You will be challenged as they fly off ahead and leave you behind in a flurry of wings.

But geese; geese are delightful. They understand there is no need for hurry. We’ll get there sooner or later. And if we don’t, well we’ve enjoyed the fresh air. That’s my kind of exercise companion. Leave the turkeys and guineas for the always purposeful Mountain Man. I, Mountain Woman of the aching joints, have finally met my match.

Interested? Here’s a typical goose workout session.

First, warm up and STRETCH!

 

Then walk a few feet. Now the trick here is to see how long it will take you. The longer the better. Remember there is no reason to hurry.

 

There we have it. A beautiful stretch of grass. We’ve walked at least 10 feet so it’s definitely time to take a break and have a snack. We’ve earned it. We relax for a while. Maybe longer than a while because I was able to get in a much needed restorative nap.

   

We are all exhausted from our hike. Time to head back to the barn for another snack.

 


I look at my watch and two hours have passed and I feel refreshed, invigorated.

Yes, if you want an exercise companion that knows how to enjoy life, try some geese. You won’t be disappointed

Thanks for visiting us!

The industrious Mountain Man, the contemplative Mountain Woman and the every growing group of animals can always be found at http://redpinemountain.com.

mountain woman
9/16/2011 9:27:18 AM

Rick, thank you and thanks for the recommendation. I'm going to look into both the magazine and the Zyflamend!


rick casey
9/16/2011 8:32:02 AM

Mountain Woman, good story and pictures. Being on the other side of 60, I need to walk easier and excercise with the geese. For the joint pain I take something recommended by a health mag I recieve, Bottom Line Health. This comes from Bottom Line the financial organization. They recommend Zyflamend by New Chapter. I purchase from mynaturalmarket.com for $21.95 for 180 soft gels. Takes a week or so to really start to work, but it is totally all natural and it does work. My wife is an OR nurse who works 3 12's and has joint problems and she says it has helped her. Keep the stories and pictures coming. Rick


mountain woman
9/14/2011 6:28:50 AM

Cindy, I remember those days and they were so wonderful. Now that you mention it, walking with geese is like toddlers stopping to examine everything they encounter. Definitely not as magical as having children ask you every few seconds "what is this" but it will have to do. Thanks so much for visiting me and have a wonderful day too!


cindy murphy
9/13/2011 5:44:42 AM

Mountain Woman, this post brought back memories for me. Memories, not of geese, but of the time the girls were toddlers. Walking with geese, it would seem, is exactly like walking with toddlers. Except toddlers don't honk...but of course, they more than made up it with nonstop chatter. Oh, those were enjoyable days! Enjoy your day today too.


mountain woman
9/12/2011 7:00:47 AM

Mountain Man would agree with you Dave. His blood pressure is something a teenager would be proud to have from all his physical labor. And I can count the times on one hand we've taken a walk together. There's always so much that needs to get done. We have been blessed to have missed out on further destruction here in our part of Vermont. The May storm did untold damage here but the poor people in the rest of Vermont are really suffering now. Lots of opportunities to show community spirit and help others rebuild. I know you have a dedication to helping others and I admire you for that.


nebraska dave
9/9/2011 9:03:00 PM

MW, I'm glad you finally found your walking complanions. Me, I just carry a good walking stick and wear a good pair of walking boots. Of course, like Mountain Man, who has time for a walk. There all the projects that need finishing and winter is coming. I believe that exercise comes in my forms. Tomorrow it will come in the form of helping some one move. It's not so much cardiac exercise although it can become that but more strength training. While talking with a professor at the college about geriatric excerise, he said, "use it or lose it. It's as simple as that." So I try to use it as much as I can. Even if I don't want to. I hope and pray that the second round of hurricanes missed you as did the first. Some of those poor folks will have a difficult time of recovery for sure. I am over whelmed with greatfulness that nothing has happened to any of my possessions this year. I know that could change quickly but pray that it don't. Have a great slow paced day walking with your geese partners.