The perils of walking

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This post is being written on the afternoon of May 26th. I’m feeling a bit tired after a late night of celebrating a birthday. Since the party was close to my home, I decided to walk back, which gave me some valuable time to reflect on the importance of the outdoors.

The Magic of Nature

Explaining the appeal of the outdoors can be challenging for those who don’t share the same appreciation, yet it feels unnecessary for those who do. For me, being in nature and surrounded by green spaces is inherently refreshing. I can’t fully articulate why, but it just feels right. Whether it’s running, biking, or simply walking, I find immense joy and peace in outdoor activities.

There’s something inherently soothing about the sound of leaves rustling in the wind, the sight of sunlight filtering through the trees, and the scent of fresh, clean air. It’s as if nature has a way of resetting our minds and bodies, providing a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Rediscovering Walking

Recently, I’ve come to realise that I should incorporate more walking into my daily routine. Despite my love for running and biking, walking offers a different kind of solace. It’s slower-paced, allowing for more thoughtful reflection and a deeper connection with my surroundings.

Walking back from the birthday party last night, I felt a renewed appreciation for the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other. It reminded me of the countless benefits that come with walking: it’s good exercise, it’s meditative, and it’s a great way to explore and observe the world at a leisurely pace.

A New Walking Routine

So here’s my plan: I usually bike to work, which is enjoyable and only takes about 10 minutes. However, biking in a city not designed for cyclists can be tricky, and every so often the weather isn’t conducive to biking. My alternative has been public transport, but now I’ve decided to walk instead.

Walking to the office will take me about 30 minutes each way, providing a perfect opportunity to prepare for the day ahead and unwind after work. It’s 30 minutes well spent, giving me time to clear my mind, enjoy the outdoors, and get some light exercise. I won’t do it always, just the times I would have taken public transport.

The Benefits of Walking

Beyond the immediate pleasures, walking has numerous health benefits. It’s a low-impact exercise that’s easy on the joints, yet it still promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, and improves balance and coordination. Regular walking can also boost mental health, reducing stress and anxiety while enhancing mood and overall well-being. [^not a doctor]

Moreover, walking is environmentally friendly. By choosing to walk instead of driving or taking public transport, I’m reducing my carbon footprint and contributing to a healthier planet. It’s a small but meaningful step towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Let’s go outdoors

In a world that’s constantly moving at a rapid pace, taking the time to walk and enjoy the outdoors can be incredibly rewarding. It offers a chance to slow down, breathe deeply, and appreciate the surrounding beauty. So, as I commit to walking more often, I invite you to join me. Let’s embrace the outdoors, let’s go for a walk, one step at a time.

Tags: Outdoor, Personal