Walking for Fitness and More

Tonight, I stepped out the door and took a mindful walk in my own neighborhood.Walking For Fitness

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.walking for fitness autumn

Smell the fresh air and become an explorer again. Your body and mind will thank you.

14 thoughts on “Walking for Fitness and More

  1. I walked a lot when my dog was around. There’s a lovely park with good pavement just right outside my house and we often spent about 15 minutes before sunrise and during the sunset.

    It’s nice to get a good breather after working the whole day in a stressful environment. Unfortunately, my dog passed away in March this year and since then, I haven’t step into the park at all.

    Needless to say, I also started to feel slouchy and uninspired to exercise anymore. Gotta find myself a new four legged companion to get back into walking in the nature.

    1. Hi Cathy!  I’m sorry for the loss of your dog.  I hope you will find a new companion and take advantage of your lovely park again.  Life is so stressful that we definitely need the relaxation of outdoor recreation whenever we can get it.  Good luck to you!

      Jen

  2. I love to walk and think that it is a very underrated form of exercise. I play competitive tennis, take spinning and pilates classes and swim, but walking is my favorite daily activity. It’s, as you say, all about connecting with nature and the outside world plus it doesn’t put much stress on the rest of the body. I have a group of friends in my town that walk nearly every day and it’s also a wonderful way to get caught up with our lives while doing something good for our bodies. If I can’t meet the morning walking schedule I often walk on my own while listening to an audio book. Do you ever do that?

    1. Hi Lynn!  Nice that you are staying active!  Yeah, walking is so natural – I love that it maintains overall health while adding minimal stress to our bodies or our lives.  Walking with friends is great.  I love audio books too, but I usually listen to them when I’m not occupied with anything else.  Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again!

      Jen

  3. Walking is great. It is a great way to get the heart rate up and going. I do a lot of walking myself and trust me, it is a whole lot of walking. This is great to keep the blood flowing and the oxygen moving rapidly through the body. All of this is good. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article on walking that is so beneficial to our well being.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Norman. Walking does get everything flowing the way it should. I think we can avoid a whole lot of health issues – and even correct things when they start to go wrong – if we walk and keep active.

      Today, it was a bit cloudy here, even seemed a bit gloomy, when I started walking. But by the time I was done, I was feeling great!

  4. I guess I need to start getting into the walking habit again because I do tend to work quite a lot and either don’t have the time or the energy. If I cut down on the overtime, it will free up my time for some good healthy walks. 🙂

    Personally, winter time (Christmas especially) is my most favorite time of year for walking around my town because the atmosphere is amazing, with all the outside decorations, trees and lights, etc.

    Walking certainly has many benefits. It’s great for a little escapism from all the stresses sometimes.

    Neil

    1. Neil, I love walking in winter too, especially on a sunny day when it’s bright and crisp. The decorations are lovely too. It’s amazing to me how even a 10 or 15 minute walk can improve my mood and relieve stress. Hope you are able to reduce the overtime. It certainly drains a person after a while. All the best!

  5. I couldn’t agree more. I LOVE walking, it’s the only type of exercise I don’t find a chore. It’s always good to get a good set of walking shoes if planning on talking long walks for fitness. I recently pulled my hamstrings while walking in my Uggs instead of my trainers – silly mistake.

    You’re right there’s something very relaxing and feeling close to nature about it.

    1. I agree that walking feels less like a “chore” than other types of exercise. I wonder about that. Maybe it’s because it’s such a natural action that our species has been doing for millennia. I always look forward to it even when I don’t feel up to more strenuous exercise. Yeah, you’ve got to have good shoes! I like ones that are fairly snug so my feet don’t slide any going down hill and I like pretty significant padding. Thanks for your comments.

  6. My walks are my lifeline. Whenever I feel the cobwebs settling in, a good brisk walk really helps clear my head. When I sit back down at my desk again after a nice quick stroll around the neighborhood, I’m ready once again to get back to my blog, or my website, or posting to my groups on FB and other social sites.

    My eyes appreciate the break, too. And my dog, Each time we go for a walk, I see something new, and he discovers up a new scent. And then marks the spot for posterity. Everybody wins when we walk! LOL.

    1. I know what you mean about walking being a “lifeline”. A few years ago, I started walking at work because I would get so tired and unable to focus after sitting for a couple of hours. Luckily, my workplace had beautiful grounds for walking outside and a nice big warehouse I could walk in during the winter, but many people don’t have such accommodations on the job. I was lucky. I’d like to see workplaces encourage more activity, and things like standing desks would be a big improvement, but they are not very common yet.

      Yes, our eyes, and our brains, need the change of pace to function well. We need to see something new on the horizon, even if it’s just around the block with our dog, or we can get down pretty easily. It is definitely a win for all! Thanks for your comments!

  7. I couldn’t agree more! Walking outdoors is my favorite way to unwind at the end of the workday and squeeze a fitness activity into my busy schedule!! It’s like a mini-vacation! I feel like a kid again when I’m walking in the woods!

    1. It’s the most natural fitness there is, and walking in the woods is a sensory treat! The more responsibilities you have, the more you need these “mini-vacations” and set everything else aside for a few minutes.

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