Bit by bit, as the blocking restrictions are lifted, we are looking for more than 5 km.
For so long we have been limited to no more than 3,000 miles from our homes.
I spoke to my colleague Michael O’Brien, our Marketing Manager.
At the beginning of the first lockdown, Michael committed himself to walking to the edge of his 3-mile run and back as often as his legs would allow. Just a gentle walk, nothing forced or oppressive. As it happens, the absolute edge of its 3 miles is the blue door on East Pier in Dun Laoghaire.
Every time he took a walk he knocked on the blue door *. It signaled half the way, but also an achievement.
He says, "It became a habit and something I would look forward to." And I wasn't the only one and what's funny, everyone has their own way of marking this twist. Some touched the wall with their elbows, some with their feet, and I've seen parents lift their children up so they too can touch the wall at the highest point they can take. "
After a few months, Michael felt encouraged to try part running and part jogging.
Today he runs 10 km three times a week, walks at least twice and always confirms the blue door with his “signature” tip with three knuckles.
What I love about Michael's story is how he started. He set himself a modest running goal. Over time, he built the mental and physical strength to pass the 10K run, which he wants to keep.
My only question for you today: can you touch the blue door? or to make it 100% personal and relevant, can you touch your blue door?
Walking is a great exercise. First, take a manageable distance and over time you can expand it. There are so many options to go walking and it is also a great way to meet friends as the lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
So when you start walking (1 km, 2 km, 3 km, 4 km, 5 km, …), mark half of it with a gesture. The next step will bring you closer to home and it will make you fitter and happier.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) hosts a resource called the National Health Library & Knowledge Service. Then there is a detailed answer to the top five questions the public needed answers to.
Well worth checking out to keep up to date with the latest research.
* The cover picture shows a painting of the battery building on East Pier by Dublin artist Tony Gunning.