Tonight, I stepped out the door and took a mindful walk in my own neighborhood.
Walking for fitness is always a great idea, but walking to soak in your surroundings and take a break from the workaday world can create a heightened experience.
The kids next door jumped and laughed on their trampoline. As I reached the hill above my house, the setting sun made an awesome pink display through the clouds.
It’s a relic of our hunting and gathering past, an indulgence of our desire to seek and explore.
I’ve enjoyed many types of exercise through the years — running, weight lifting, step aerobics, even hula-hooping (love it!) — but there’s something about walking outdoors that is fundamental to our human nature.
It’s a relic of our hunting and gathering past, an indulgence of our desire to seek and explore. It’s pumping legs and pounding heart, blood coursing through our bodies as fresh air moves through our lungs — like the air is breathing us. It’s the wonder of life inside and around us.
It takes us out of ourselves, yet brings us back to our basic animal nature. It’s fitness and much more. It’s an activity most of us can enjoy without training or much preparation, which is a prime consideration when choosing your exercise.
Think about it: you can have great intentions, even set aside ample time, but if you don’t like what you’re doing, you won’t keep doing it over the long term. So give walking a try, or get back in the habit. Step outside your door, or head out to your local park.
Smell the fresh air and become an explorer again. Your body and mind will thank you.