Adventures in Thanks-Living

Living the gift of life one breath at a time

Thankful for Walks

The last few months in our house have been excruciatingly busy, and because of that fact I let my fitness slip. I never happened to be near the YWCA and couldn’t seem to make the time for a special trip there. At home, something always seemed to intervene to keep me from my yoga routine and regular walks. It didn’t take long for a few pounds to creep back on (Thanks stress eating and lack of willpower!) and a general sense of malaise to settle over my days. What had originally been inconvenience and busyness gave way to stress and sluggishness. Ugh!

One day I finally realized just how far away from my healthy routine I had fallen. Sure, I was still making time for prayer, meditation, and study, but my physical self was suffering neglect. So I decided enough was enough. It was time to blend in a few more salads, a couple of extra glasses of water, and a long daily walk.

Walking is great exercise. It requires no special equipment other than decent shoes and a safe place to walk. It provides a completely different view of the world on foot than what one sees encased in a speeding box of plastic, glass, and metal. It can be a social activity or a respite that provides needed “self” time. It improves posture, breathing, and cardiovascular fitness. Even bone density gets a boost. Check out this article from the Mayo Clinic for more information about the many benefits of walking.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking two long walks. It was glorious! I used one of the walks as time to talk with my mother. Thanks, mom! It was good to hear your voice. I used the other one to spend time with my youngest daughter and the dogs. Thanks, family!

After my brush with the fitness slump and dumpy blahs, I have a renewed appreciation for the benefits of daily walking as an important part of my thanks-living lifestyle. In fact, I’m going to take the dogs for a walk around town right now.

How about you? Do you enjoy walking? What benefits do you gain from walking? I’d love to hear from you!

Photo by h. koppdelaney used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!

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4 thoughts on “Thankful for Walks

  1. Yea! Walking makes one feel more alive, even walking inside as I do. Helps to keep the pounds off too.

  2. We like to take walks, too – but my favorite exercise (& appreciate nature opportunity) is to bike it on our beautiful bike trails (over bridges & through fields ) out to the Colonial Parkway & Jamestown Island (that has a 5 mile /or 8 mile loop…) All so beautiful!! Biking goes a Wee Bit Faster than walking (altho you can”t really talk like you can talk & walk : )

    • You are lucky to have good bike trails, Virginia. Where I am one takes one’s life in one’s hands on the narrow country roads. My oldest daughter and I used to ride in the battlefield surrounding Gettysburg when we lived in town. That was nice! And, yes, biking does have the advantage of being faster, plus the feel of the wind on one’s face is delightful.

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