Being simple and happy has many components. Achieving some clarity in your thinking is certainly one of them. Walking can help!
I have been a runner for a long time but, lately some injuries have put a crimp on the mileage I am able to run. That has caused me to forgo some of my running so, I have injected some walking into my routine. There are several interesting things about walking:
- You can do it practically anywhere
- It requires minimal special equipment
- If you can walk, you can walk (as exercise)
- It can be tailored to your fitness level or ability
But these points relate only to the practical aspects. There are also some wonderful benefits. Walking can be cardiovascular, as you might already be aware. And that is a good thing. Yes, you can walk aerobically. If you do it gets heart rate up and pumps fresh air into your body, which purges toxins and is invigorating. The extra blood circulation really helps clear the “cobwebs” that we all tend to accumulate in our heads from being inactive.
Most significantly, time spent walking allows you to clear your mind of the clutter and minutia we all get involved in and make room for your brain to do some quality thinking. Allocating time for thinking is quite important for problem solving. I am a firm believer that our brains process information subconsciously whether we tell it to or not. I like to give it a little time to work on things and walking provides that.
It is worth noting that some interesting things don’t start to happen until after being in active mode for a while. That means, the longer you are willing to walk at once, the more likely you are to have some sort of breakthrough or “ah-ha!” moment. So treat yourself to a walk long enough to yield results.
So, if you want to give it a try, here are some tips:
- Treadmills don’t cut it for me. Outdoors is the best bet. There is much to see, things to smell and some many sensory impacts.
- I suggest you aim for at least a 30 minute walk. If that is to much at first, start with what you are comfortable with
- I find morning is a great time as a walk then gets your body energized for the day but, get out at whatever time of the day works best for you.
- Be sure to make it an invigorating walk. It will give you the best results.
- Commit to trying it for at least 30 days and see if you don’t agree it makes a difference in your thinking!
Remember, de-cluttering your mind is just as important as de-cluttering your living environment.
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