Get Up, Get Out
Weather’s not great. Weighed down by a long to-do list. Feeling sluggish, mentally and physically.
There are a million reasons to say, “I don’t feel like going for a walk today.”
In our house, overcoming those instincts are a matter of necessity and habit.
Getting outdoors for fresh air and exercise has proven to be the top stabilizing force for our severely autistic son over the years.
It took a lot of work for him to overcome extreme sensory overload to get out in the world, but now our son nudges us to get ready for an outing if we’re not moving fast enough.
“Black shoes, brown-yellow shoes, brown shoes, blue shoes!”
Listing each family member’s shoes means he wants to go out. He sees the shoes lined up by the door and knows we’ll be leaving for the day’s adventure soon.
Getting up and getting out doesn’t have to be a big destination trip. Sometimes we take old familiar walks, or explore nearby paths we haven’t tried before.
Fresh air and seasonal light, trees and flowers, bird songs and the whisper of a breeze—these are highlights most of us can experience near home.
We just have to get off the sofa and out the door to enjoy them.
This week’s Hike Notes, Lake Merced East Walk, takes readers on paths along Lake Merced, a refreshing sight on foggy or sunny days, at the southwest corner of San Francisco.
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Hike Notes 136: Lake Merced East Walk
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