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The Miracle of a Morning Walk
By Jimmy Noronha

February 19, 2013

I have been a morning walker ever since I retired in the year 1999 and it has acted nothing short of a miracle for me. During summer when the Sun rises early here in Lucknow my walk begins at 5 in the morning and in the winter when there is extreme cold and the sun rises leisurely, my walk begins at 6.

Way back in 1987 as I terminated my services in the Gulf and returned with a handful of money, I also brought with me several diseases caused by the rich food, the drink and the sedentary life that I had been leading for several years in the desert land.

Soon after my return from the Gulf I gave more priority to my future in India than to my health as I was 45 and was under extreme pressure to devote all my time and energy to make my family’s future secure. After some efforts I managed to land a job in the Government department.

Time passed, things settled down, mission accomplished, I retired in 1999 and in no time the several diseases that remained dormant began to surface. I was no longer the cool and composed person that I once used to be long ago. I even began to feel thirsty more often than necessary. There was definitely something wrong where my health was concerned.

One day our kind parish priest, on his usual visits to my place suggested that I accompany him to the nearest hospital for a thorough medical checkup and the very next day I accompanied him to the hospital. In no time the outcome was there: I was suffering from high blood sugar and also high B.P. While my sugar report was given to me the nurse virtually frightened me after seeing the report. In her mother tongue she muttered “marchi povu” in other words my sugar level was a life threat. I was shaken but did not lose heart.

I continued to stick to the doctor’s prescriptions while a close friend suggested that I take to walking every morning. As the medicines continued, so did my walk at 5 a.m. in the summer and at 6 a.m. in winter.

My walk began quite in earnest. I thought I would get over all my problems very soon. During the first three days of my walk, I got some muscle pain but things began to settle down. While I was continuing my walk, I would soon feel ill at ease and get a strange sensation as if I would fall down. However, I never gave up. I continued to walk and days, months, and years rolled on and my walk never stopped.

I began to feel the benefits of my walk as the days passed by. First and foremost my sugar level remained normal and in due course of time my sense of uneasiness completely vanished. Gradually, both medication and regular walk, except on Sundays, helped me even to bring my pressure down to normal.

I regularly walked for ten years by the side of roads which I no longer do as I found it is quite dangerous as I had a couple of close shaves during these walks. Someone suggested that I should keep walking against the traffic and never to walk in group or in company as it would not help me to maintain a steady pace.
My son who is a fitness freak suggested that I should walk in the sprawling park built specially for the morning walkers by the government close to my place. I switched over to this park for my morning walk and soon found that I had made a big mistake by ignoring this park and now that I keep walking in this park, after driving for five minutes from home, I enjoy myself in the beautiful surroundings of trees, lawns, waterfalls, and birds of various hues and breeds.

Initially I used to get tired after a walk of three kilometers and mind you that was when I was 58 and now I am 72, and after 14 years, I still keep walking, except on Sundays, and I walk the full two rounds of Lohia Park which amounts to in all 7.5 Km. I never get tired after this distance. I keep a steady pace of ten minutes for every kilometer and my walk of 7.5 KM takes just about 75 minutes.

This daily walk, the sweating, followed by a shower gives me enough energy to tackle the diverse tasks that I handle the livelong day with utmost ease and as the day ends, I hit the bed only to wake up for another days walk after a sound sleep at night.


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SAJEEV, OMANWednesday, July 31, 2013
Thank you very much sir, sharing such a meaningful article..I am in 47.. walking daily...will keep daily walking your words are will be in my mind always..
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peter, Badhyar/ Dubai- on tourWednesday, June 12, 2013
Dear Jimmy,
Wonderful. Life is beautiful, One should know how to live in it.You had at least 250 bugs in your pocket. Lucky..! but I had only 25 in my pocket in 1966.Today I am lucky roaming all over the countries with my wife after serving 40 years. Initially IAF,Air India and ONGC a oil company. Our Two Children are well placed in Europe and Gulf.
We have no work except touring.
Please come on line : peterpinto52@gmail.com. 919869627640 after 01-07-2013.
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Swapan Kumar Dey, Seppa Arunachal PradeshSunday, April 21, 2013
I was little depression condition and my energy level was also very low , but when I have started morning walk for 60 minutes from 4-30 am to 5-30 am, I have gathered my full entho and full of energy and my depression condition condition also gone , as if I have regain my all energy after doing regular morning walk. By seeing this all my friend staff also join with me in morning walk .Even in rainy day also I used to do morning walk with umbrella.Thanks
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PHREDDY, HyderabadTuesday, February 26, 2013
Very good article... i am 39 years i an also morning walker.. i am waling 6.0 km in 40 min. every day and i am working 12 hours per day no sundays and no holidays.
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Edward Dalmeida, Mudubelle / Doha Qatar Sunday, February 24, 2013
Nice and helpful article.
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vikas, dubaiSaturday, February 23, 2013
The Writer Mr.Jimmy is 100% wright that daily walking makes lot of difference in life, no doubt initially u feel tired for few days, but after some days u feel that without walking u feel tired, Thanks mr. jimmy for sharing truth & myth of life which most of them will be going to have same in their life time
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Aditi.s, MangaloreSaturday, February 23, 2013
This is an inspiration to all
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Roshan S, Moodbidri/NJFriday, February 22, 2013
Very well written article, simple and effective. Confidence is what you do and doing it everytime helps in a big way.
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Laila Pinto, MangaloreThursday, February 21, 2013
Thank u for such an inspirational article. Inspite of knowing the benefits, giving one's life experience of 14 yrs will certainly give a push to many readers like me. I am sure many have been motivated by your writeup.
Keep on motivating ....
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aadil bolar, mangalore/kuwaitThursday, February 21, 2013
Thanks Mr.Jimmy for this article, as you said morning walk is very good for health, coz i started experiencing it since 1 week, after reading your article now i wanna continue as much as i can,

thanks again.

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Roque G. DSouza, UdupiThursday, February 21, 2013
I appreciate your article. I have been doing the morning walk which includes up and down hill of Manipal since over 25 years till to date covering over 8 Kms in 1.5 hours except Sunday as we have to attend Church at 7.30 am. I wake up at 4.30 am and set out for walk at 5.00 am irrespective of season. Though I am diabetic with high BP I am maintaining a normal life. Thanks to God almighty.
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Rosy Dsouza, mumbaiThursday, February 21, 2013
This is a very nice and article, not only for BP and sugar patients, but to everyone. I am a regular walker at least on alternative days and I love walking too. I walk for one hour everyday except sunday. pls dont neglect ur health. You have to take out atleast 30 min. from ur busy schedule for yourself, it realy worth. Prevention is better than cure.
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Daniel D'Sa, Nitte-Karkala / Abu DhabiThursday, February 21, 2013
As always, Mr. Jimmy's stand-out articles are simple and having real meanings. Thank you Mr. Jimmy for the occasional eye opener articles of yours. Wish you all the very best and craving to read more and more articles from you ...
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Ambrose Lobo, Mangalore/MumbaiWednesday, February 20, 2013
I am also of same age as yours and retired. I started walking since 1988 and still continue. It gives me a lot of energy and freshness both in body mind. Although I am a diabetic, my sugar is under control. I advise everybody take a morning walk. ONE HOUR WALK daily.
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Sonia, BhopalWednesday, February 20, 2013
Hi Mr. Jimmy...so once again you have woken us out of our slumber with your inspiring article.A morning walk is a must but many of us realise too late and do so with a jolt!Any advice for lazy ones who find it difficult to wake up in the morning and consider walking tedious?Walking 7.5 km at 72...simple amazing and awe inspiring!We young ones need to take a lesson.Touch wood!May more and more be inspired!Congrats and all the best!Happy walking!
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Ramadas Acharya, Udupi/PuneWednesday, February 20, 2013
Morning walk is one of the best medicine for B.P,Diabetics and Heart diseases.IFully agree with the writer since am also a walkolic since 1975.There shound not be any excuse for skipping morning walk.It should be done 365 days in a year like we eat.Along with it one should practice sleep early and wake early habbit plus food and life style should also important.Regular dedicated walk is best medicine for most of ailments and has been proed world over.Finally walk more and talk less also important!
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Asif, MangaloreWednesday, February 20, 2013
Thanks... inspiring artcle for us in this modern world where we get time to think of our health when doctor warns us.... may god bless u... keep going
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Arun Thingalaya, Kodi / MuscatWednesday, February 20, 2013
Really very nice article on Morning Walk. It is very important to walk everyday 45minutes to one hour. Thanks Mr.Jimmy for this real motivating article.
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TC , Mangalore/SydneyWednesday, February 20, 2013
Nice and valuable article by Jimmy Noronha.

In regard to the query by Jonh Carlo, basically there is no difference between the morning and evening walk, except that, as Della Rego said, the morning walkers feel fresh and energetic during the entire day, and one gets the vitamin D as an added advantage. Of course, any walk, should be brisk and should last at least half-an-hour, which should result in sweating, so that one can burn some of the calories. Of course, if one is younger, say below 45 or 50, jogging for about 15 minutes and little over is preferable.
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Suneer Noronha, LondonWednesday, February 20, 2013
A very relevant article for all age groups. A regular walk is a strong and natural antidote to a number of spiralling illnesses effecting our daily lives. Walk on.
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Pradeep, MangaloreTuesday, February 19, 2013
Thank you Jimmy Sir.
It is a timely alert for me. I'm leaving gulf shortly after 25 years and will try to follow this.
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Molly Munro, Abu DhabiTuesday, February 19, 2013
Thanks Mr. Jimmy for your wonderful article on morning walk. Your 14 years of walking daily is enough to prove how beneficial the mornings walks can be. I keep postponing my decision, but not anymore after reading your article as I am nearing 57 years of age and feel that I should start right now if I want to prolong my life just the way how you walked to beat the complications of sugar and B.P. deceases. May God give you good health and may you live long and continue to write such valuable articles to open our minds to healthy living.
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Della Rego, Mangalore, Doha, QatarTuesday, February 19, 2013
Sir Jimmy Noronha, good and inspiring real article. It is the good message for all those who want to get rid of their ailments and obesity. Morning walks are the best start of the day as one will feel very light, relaxed, cool and happy through out the day and one will get enough Vitamin D from the sun rays especially gulfy's are deficiency in Vit D. Yes you are correct in Gulf anyone will be victim for all these life threatening ailments. Thank you and daiji for sharing with the readers and wishing you a happy, peaceful and healthy life.
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Peter Lewis, Brahmavar/SharjahTuesday, February 19, 2013
Thanks Mr. Jimmy Norohna for sharing your experience with Daiji readers. Cholesterol and Blood shugar common problem in most of the Gulf employds.
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Sanjay, Cape TownTuesday, February 19, 2013
Am now approaching my 40th birthday.
When I look at profiles of friends on social networks, I see signs of prosperity such as great careers and material objects. But I also see obesity and the perils that accompany it on a scale previously unknown.
Mr Noronha's pertinent article teaches us that one does not need gyms and other heavy duty equipment to keep fit. A stretch of road and willpower are enough.
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John Tauro, M'lore / Kwt Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A good step to good health! Inspiring and encouraging article.
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Arnold Lobo, Bnagalore / QatarTuesday, February 19, 2013
As u walk in the park admire the beauty of nature , listen to the birds chirping , reflect on GOD'S amazing hand in creating this universe and every living creature on this earth . Enjoy the fresh air GOD has given to us free of charge by giving thanks & praise to the living GOD and see the difference . You will have a vibrant energy to take u thru to life's daunting task in this fast paced and materialistic world .
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U.M.SHETYY, BANGALORETuesday, February 19, 2013
very nice one and every one should follow this .... it will be good to maintain our health
thanks for this nice artilce
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Preethi, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Extremely well articulated into words to touch the reader without losing interest but rather continue reading till end.
Sedentary life is the main curse for us today although we earn well, but lose our health.

This article is truly a inspiration for me to put into action my long awaited plan to commence walking.

Sir, you are an example for Us to maintain healthy habits.
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Jasmine, Mumbai/MangaloreTuesday, February 19, 2013
Enlightening article Mr. Jimmy. Its kind of you to share your experience because it motivates those who surrender themselves to their sicknesses. I am 54 years now, but rearranged my priorties and hit the gym when my doctor was alarmed at my blood sugar levels. Six months later I am fit and healthy and not on any medication. The key to good health is simple, after a certain age we got to take the trouble to spend some time quality time on ourselves eachday.
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Jawar D'Souza, M'lore/DohaTuesday, February 19, 2013
Good article for the retiring gulfies I also have to do this shortly, Any way we will all use the natures gifts and live a long life.
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Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / BahrainTuesday, February 19, 2013
Fantastic! It goes to show that irrespective of some one’s age regular exercise, be it morning or evening walk, any sport which will give you enough fitness and healthy life style will do wonders. Thank you, Sir Jimmy Norohna for the informative article and sharing your experience.
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John Carlo, Loretto/Mangalore/MuscatTuesday, February 19, 2013
This is a very nice and article, not only for BP and sugar patients, but to everyone. I am a regular walker at least on alternative days and I love walking too. But after reading the article I am having one question. What's the difference between morning walk and evening walk. Because I walk only in the evenings. Can someone answer this. Keep walking. John Carlo
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Norman Noronha, KuwaitTuesday, February 19, 2013
Mr. Jimmy. I love to read your articles, wishing you good health always and keep writting - God Bless You !!!
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