Walking is the most under-rated exercise!!!
I was fortunate to grow up in a small town where we walked: to friends, to the park, to ice skate, for picnics on the grass. I also walked several blocks to school. Walking is great for many reasons, such as; focusing the eyes on sights at various distances, (vestibular functioning & eyesight) enjoying nature, trees, the sky, fresh air, and using systems of muscular integration to propel the body forward and remain balanced.
Even if you are very active, if you are not walking regularly, you may not be resetting the body in an important natural way.
Humans were meant to walk. Walking is one way our body resets its natural alignment. It is weight bearing exercise. Walking is natural movement that involves moving all of your muscles and tissue, increasing metabolism, lubricating the joints, increasing blood flow and oxygen to all the cells of the body, nourishing our physical being.
Walking energizes the body, as well as relaxes the mind: walking can even be a meditation. Walking can also be calming for the emotions, through appreciating beauty, nature, fresh air, sunshine, rain, seeing the people of your neighborhood; all this can lift your spirits.
Recently, I overheard a conversation between young people (mid 20’s) talking about numerous ailments, medications, and procedures, which hadn’t brought relief. One young woman said “I wish I was in shape to exercise”, another responded “me too”. I wondered if they considered a walking as a possibility.
I work with older people (up to 102 years old) some who don’t spend any time talking about ailments and medicine; because they are busy living life! They stayed active, they do daily walking.
In the past, (and for many people currently), our bodies are the primary tool of transportation, used with care and awareness for survival and longevity. Sedentary wasn’t an option! Now, the many conveniences of modern life: cars, furniture, chair-toilets, and media are enabling many people to be less mobile, less flexible, less connected and less aware.
Walking is enough to change the whole paradigm of the sedentary lifestyle.
A brisk daily walk, 30-45 minutes, is sound, healthy, preventative medicine. It is that simple, yet not easy; breaking habits & starting new habits requires determination, commitment and an open, flexible mind). Who knows, after this is a habit, you might find yourself enjoying yoga, dance, or a long hike!
It can be a real challenge to begin! Creating time may mean letting some things go…let them go!!! Invest the time to nurture personal health and peace of mind. How does your self-talk, activity and lifestyle affect starting and continuing your walking routine??? Notice who are your allies for healthy Living??? Having walking buddies increases success! Who could be your walking buddy?