'This town ain't big enough for the two of us'

FTLComm - Tisdale - Thursday, May 5, 2005

Striding down an empty street this morning, not an unusal site at all, but it made me think of the old TV comedy line I remember used by Dean Martin decades ago, dressed as a cowboy gunslinger and swaggering into the middle of the street with the line
"This town ain't big enough for the two of us." Well this isn't the old west and we are living in the civilised and charming community of Tisdale.

But there is something really important going on in these pictures and it is not a surprise to many people here in Tisdale, who do just the same thing that this man is doing. Walking to and from work is a great idea. If you walk from one side of Tisdale to the other and back you have walked a mile. That's a modest but effective bit of exercise for a person of any age.

I have to admit I was never a fan of walking, but my wife considers it vital as a component of keeping fit and through the years, she has urged me to join her. Occassionally, I would wander off with her, but complained so much that she was usually quite happy when I did not come along.

But things have changed. Though I thought I was controlling my diabetes with diet and medication I was kidding myself and one day Dr. Theo told me that I could not expect those two things to control my condition and I would have to depend more heavily upon activity. Since it is a matter of life and death for me, I paid attention and discovered he was absolutely right. That simple walk downtown each day, (about a mile) keeps me on an even keel and I have grown to depend on this daily outing, away from the screens.

Today, with the temperature moving up above the teens, it was time to bring the bicycle up from the basement. When it was put down there late last fall I was sad, but replaced the daily ride with a daily walk and now once more it was time to mount up and go to breakfast. But, wait a minute, even though walking is good for you it uses some different systems and by the time I got to Chicken Delight for breakfast my legs were like rubber. Later, at the other end of town, a man who, like me just got his bike out for the season said,
"went for a ride last night and it was killing me." This doesn't mean that walking is less of a work out than riding a bike, it really means its just different. In a week I expect to be able to climb the stairs when I get back home without my toung hanging out.

Our lives are increasingly filled with stress-filled activities that confine our movement and tear little pieces from our brains, going for a walk or a bike ride can improve the years you have to live, you will sleep better and your work efficiency will be improved.

by: Timothy W. Shire


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