Walking for Exercise, Spirtuality and Connection to Nature


 Woman Walking A Beagle In The Country

Photo by Frank Shepherd

I have always been a walker. When I was young, I would go for long walks down by our creek on the farm. Later, I got a job with the U. S. Postal Service as a city letter carrier and ended up walking up to eight miles each day.

Walking is by far the best all-around exercise that a person can do. The thing that makes it so great is that everyone can do it, regardless of age, fitness level, etc. It is also the most economical since it doesn’t require any special equipment, only a good pair of walking shoes.

Walking may not be the most strenuous exercise but it is the most effective to get in shape and to burn fat. Besides improving fitness in general, it ramps up cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, is a mood booster, creates less stress on joints than other forms of exercise and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain and reduce body fat and weight gain, improve endurance, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve circulation and posture and reduce the risk for cancer and other chronic disease.

Whew! As if that list isn’t impressive enough, Stanford University found that walking increases creative output by a whopping 60 percent.

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