A Very Great Walker

A Very Great Walker

Good morning, Austen Authors World!

Today, I want to talk about physical fitness and Jane Austen’s World. We are very similar to the historical gentry in our modern lives because most of us sit. And sit. And sit some more! In fact, the more money someone had in Jane Austen’s time, the greater their girth was likely to be. Why? Because there was no physical labor involved in their day-to-day lives, they sat, and drank, and ate!

But most of our favorite characters in Jane Austen’s books are not described to be sedentary creatures. They are military men, women who walk and dance, and men who ride. šŸ™‚ If you’re like me, you’re not fighting many wars on the Continent, you only dance in the English country style once a year (my first time ever was at AGM in October) and you have a severe lack of horses. Or rather, the only horses in your possessionĀ come in the form of horsepower in your car’s motor. LOL

So that leaves walking.

I am in the middle of a 10-week physical fitness challenge at my gym. And already, it looks like someone took an eraser to my sides. YIPPEE! But I’m not truly working out for appearances’ sake, though that’s a nice benefit, too. I am working out to become healthier. You name it, my family has it, so I am doing my best to not be a product of my genes in terms of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure and cholesterol. I love being able to run across a parking lot with my 6-year-old and not be out of breath. There are also other times where added stamina comes in handy, but I’ll let you think of some other places. šŸ˜‰ . . . Ā Like the grocery store where you can push the cart full of stuff with no effort. What, where were you thinking?

If you have a tablet or smart phone, you can even watch what you want to watch when you’re on the treadmill. This week, I watched the 2005Ā Pride and Prejudice while I was walking, channeling my inner Elizabeth Bennet.

jane austen walking

Here are some fun distances for your own Jane Austen inspired walking program. (Source 1)

Walk to Meryton to buy some ribbons: 1 mile

Check on your sister at Netherfield: 3 miles

From Emma Highbury to Box Hill (7 miles), to Richmond (9 miles), to London (16 miles).

(Source 2)

Sense and Sensibility’s Exeter to Horniton route : 16 miles (bike probably best, and it won’t cost you 5 guineas!)

BONUS: On a bike, or walking, try to log 50 miles of good road! (Multiple trips, please, you must stop and rest your horses, err legs. So try for 8 miles, then sleep at your inn.)

This past Wednesday, I checked on my sister at Netherfield, but I cheated and took a modern bike. šŸ™‚

So get out there and MOVE! Jane Austen would heartily approve!


7 Responses to A Very Great Walker

  1. Since retirement I am no longer walking the halls of my place of employment. I am looking forward to warmer weather so I can become A Very Great Walker. The weather has not been conducive to being outside and I am not that close to a gym. When you are snowed in, I suppose shoveling snow is considered exercise. Iā€™ve shoveled my share of snow this seasonā€¦thank you very muchā€¦ Come thou spring. Thanks for the post and reminding us of our obligation to ourselves and to our families to be healthy and to exercise.

  2. I used to do half marathons and then 5ks after I was injured…but after the second injury I’m just now recovering so I am very proud of the 2 miles that we are walking each night that the wind is below 10 mph. So far we’ve only missed one. When it’s a little warmer, DH and I will take our bikes and a picnic lunch and do about 20 miles. I despise treadmills. I want to GO somewhere when I’m walking! LOL

  3. Loved the post with the relative distances. I used o ride and covered about the distance from Highbury to London quite often. Keep up with the PT routine, I need to get back to one too.

  4. Elizabeth, hopefully your new PF routine will help your neck and back feel better for when you are at the computer. Best Wishes with your new goals. Jen

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