If you’re like me, you probably have an exercise routine. No matter how much exercise you are already doing, it’s always good to get out and walk.
I personally try to get in one walk every day. When I don’t exercise, I’ll extend my walk to as much as thirty minutes or more.
Today I’m walking with my daughter’s dog, Reid. We’re enjoying the trees and the beautiful weather. Even though I’m sore from my workout yesterday, I’m still out here walking.
4 Benefits of Walking that have Nothing to do with Exercise
Besides the benefit of getting more exercise, I can think of at least three other benefits of walking.
First, walking can be a type of meditation.
Try to let your walk become an opportunity to let all the other things in your life—and your thoughts about them—go. Walk somewhere quite if possible. Breathe deeply as you walk. Focus on your breath and your steps. Enjoy the view. Become one with the nature around you. Doing this everyday will help you relax and channel your energy.
Additionally, walking can be a way for you to tap into your intuition or to get clarity on personal and professional issues in your life. Pose a question or problem to yourself before you set out to walk. Then focus on the things you see around you as you walk. You’ll find answers and solutions pop into your mind unexpectedly along the way.
Also, you can pray while you walk. The Jewish mystics suggested going out in nature and walking while talking to God. Imagine Source as a a good friend who is walking with you. Pour out your heart. I usually start with prayers of gratitude, then I speak my heart, and then I offer gratitude again.
Finally, walking changes your energy and mood. Any type of exercise can do this, but if you want to release stress, anger, depression, or worry (any other emotion), take a walk. Whenever you energize the body, you change your emotional state as well.
Take the 30-Minute Per Day Walk Challenge
High performance coaches, like me, typically suggest at least thirty minutes of walking each day. I want to extend that challenge to you. Get started walking and see how that can become a meditation, a way to focus your energy and mind for the day, and to go inward as well as upward to find the support you seek.
Or just move your body and enjoy yourself.
Even if you already exercise, introduce a short walk daily.
Do you walk daily? Tell me about your experience in a comment below.
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