Benefits of Walking
Walking is a basic expectation of human beings. We walk upright in a bipedal fashion. If this is taken from us, whether by injury, disease or lazitude, our lives’ are changed.
For the sake of well-being we must maintain our physical and mental health. Walking provides a health stimulus through the connection of our body and mind. There becomes a rhytym that is restored while on a good walk. This can be found strolling in the park, or with the stiff pace of a power walk. The benefits of walking can be found many ways. It can be a hike, walking the dog, or a power walk.
Walking is therapeutic. It may be a meditative walk, a walk with a loved one on the beach, or a walk along a stream(preferably fly fishing).
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau
A close friend, and inspirational figure in my like, lost the ability to walk early in his life. Confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life he continued to “walk” with his arms. He would compete in his chair, crank with his arms for exercise, or just push along a boardwalk for relaxation.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
There are a few points that I must impress:
- There is no excuse to avoid the many benefits of walking.
- We must appreciate this ability to walk. If we do not, We lose our independence, and place burden on those we love.
So get up, go for a walk, and take a deep, deep breath.
Get off the well beaten path.
Get outdoors and walk.