Living Well – Walk, jog or run: surprises come with activity

Coach Vicky Trill's monthly column on fitness motivation.

Bernice Maldidier and Julie McEwen

Bernice Maldidier and Julie McEwen

Walk, run, or jog? Is that the question?

What’s the difference anyway? According to the Oxford dictionary, 1. Walk: to advance or travel on foot at a moderate speed or pace; moving feet alternately and always having one foot on the ground; 2. Run: to go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk and in such a manner that for an instant in each step both feet are off the ground; 3. Jog: to cause to function with a jolt for a moment or in a series of disconnected motions.

I have to say I was surprised and had to laugh at the definition of “jog,” but to be honest that’s often how I feel when I run…a whole “series of disconnected motions!”

When it comes down to it however, whether you walk, run or jog the purpose is the same – to move your feet in order to get from A to B. I have seen people of all ages, shapes and sizes moving from A to B around our towns. I don’t mean just getting out of your car to get the mail, I mean moving about for the purpose of exercise, fresh air, to clear the mind and to just enjoy.

Two ladies that have impressed me have literally walked hundreds of kilometres over the past two months. You’ve probably seen them. I’ve seen them, it seems like, everywhere! Downtown Ashcroft, on the slough road, up toward the new Esso gas station and even in the bluffs walking to Cache Creek! Bernice and Julie are great examples of movement and living well.

Walk, run or jog is not the question. The question is “Are you moving?”

For this month of April, I’ll be looking for people who are moving outside. If I catch you walking, running or jogging, I’ll give you a gift. So get moving, keep moving and you never know… I just may come up beside you with a little surprise!

Vicky Trill

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