As a young woman growing up as a child with special needs, walking has helped me overcome the obstacles that have held me back over the years and become a more positive and healthy person.

Now that I walk, I have been able to meet other people who like to walk and make friends. Walking gave me lots of things to talk about, helped me interact with different people, which has always been difficult for me.

This journey started for me after I graduated from high school, when I realized I had put on weight and decided I wanted to get in better shape. I started walking for 30 minutes three days a week, then started running for 30 minutes on the days I wasn’t walking. I started to realize that I didn’t feel good if I skipped a walk or a run. I feel the difference every day in my physical and mental health.

Every day I’m able to wake up in the morning and say “I can do this”

I started using the Load app in 2019, and it helps me stay consistent. I have noticed a difference with Charge in my level of motivation – I have walked and run every day except Sunday since I started using Charge. It has helped me tremendously in establishing an exercise routine that works really well for me.

On a typical day, I wake up in the morning and start my day with exercise and a walk. On the colder days I exercise indoors and on the warmer days I like to walk outside with my family and friends. After finishing my walk, I have breakfast or take a protein shake. This routine helps me have something to look forward to: every day I can wake up in the morning and say “I can do this”, which really keeps me going. Walking helps me not to worry too much, to be more goal-oriented and to be happy.

Now I am better able to interact with others, stay alert and actively continue to learn. I am now able to help my parents because I have the strength, vitality and motivation to do housework and other tasks. I can now help my siblings with their children, and sometimes I also do dogsitting. I am able to do all of these things because walking helps me stay healthy and strong.

I feel good about myself. Walking, running, and the Charge app have all helped me overcome many of the challenges I’ve faced throughout my life with certain learning disabilities. I am more sociable now, and I know how to talk and communicate better with others. The best part is that now my family always tells me how positive I am and how it helps them too.

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