Appreciating Walking

Published on Jul 26, 2020

Walking is easy to take for granted, but it’s really pretty great. You can really take in your surroundings when you walk, since you’re moving pretty slowly. You can rediscover areas that you’ve only driven through when you walk through them. It’s a great way to learn a new city or to explore a more rural area.

Because of its slow pace, walking doesn’t feel like you’re pushing yourself too hard, as running sometimes can. But it’s decent exercise. Anyone can walk, no matter their age or current fitness level. It’s a very accessible form of exercise. And it can be a first step to more intense forms of exercise. Most people won’t feel self-conscious walking, and with regular walking, they might be able to graduate to more intimidating forms of exercise like running or strength training.

It’s great to do alone or with others. Alone, you can relax and take some time to think. A morning walk is a great way to start the day free of electronic stimuli and just take in your surroundings and reflect a bit. And you tend to think positively and proactively on walks. Many problems have been solved on long solo walks. Many creative ideas have been formed on walks.

When walking with others, the moderate physical activity is enough to boost your mood, but not so much that you can’t carry on a full conversation. So you tend to have fun, positive conversations on walks. Since it’s so accessible, a regular walk is a routine that all kinds of people can do together. It can be a chance for people to both catch up with each other and get some moderate exercise.

Walking is always available to us, and we rarely regret taking walks. Walks are a simple good thing in life, to be taken advantage of regularly.