As a young woman who grew up as a special needs child, walking has helped me to overcome obstacles that have held me back over the years and become a more positive, healthy person.
Now that I walk, I’ve been able to meet other people who enjoy walking, and make friends. Walking has given me a lot to talk about, helping me interact with different people—which is something that has always been difficult for me.
This journey started for me after graduating high school, when I realized I had gained some weight and decided that I wanted to get in better shape. I started walking for 30 minutes, three days a week and then began running for 30 minutes on the days I didn’t walk. I began to realize that I just don’t feel right if I skip on a walk or run. I feel the difference each and every day in my physical and mental health.
I started using the Charge app in 2019, and it helps me stay consistent. I noticed a difference with Charge in my motivation level—I have walked and run every day except Sundays since I started using Charge. It has helped me immensely in establishing an exercise routine that works great for me.
On a typical day I wake up in the morning and begin my day with exercising and a walk. On colder days I will exercise indoors, and on warmer days I enjoy walking outside with family and friends. After I finish my walk I eat breakfast or have a protein shake. This routine helps me to have something to look forward to: Every day I am able to wake up in the morning and say “I can do this,” which really keeps me going. Walking helps me to not worry so much, be more goal oriented, and happy.
Now, I am better able to interact with others, stay alert, and actively continue to learn. I am now able to assist my parents, because I have the strength, vitality, and motivation to do housework and other tasks. I can now help my brothers and sisters with their children, and I dogsit sometimes, too. I am able to do all of these things because walking helps me stay healthy and strong.
I feel good about myself. Walking, running, and the Charge app have all helped me overcome many of the challenges that I faced throughout my life dealing with certain learning disabilities. I am more social now, and better at talking with and relating to others. The best part is that now my family always tells me how positive I am and how it helps them too.
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