“Daily walk” is a phrase that is often used to describe our walk with or connection to God. And that is so very important.
For me it also has an added meaning that is a little more literal and physical but still a part of nurturing the whole of my being — body, mind and spirit. I actually go outside every morning after yoga practice and walk around the property where we live. I have to say that this is not drudgery for me. I love to walk! I am a third generation walker, following in the footsteps of my mom and grandma.
Here are a few of the reasons why I walk.
For the Love of It! Yes, I’m one of those weird people who actually thinks hoofin’ it up the hill every morning is fun. Go figure.
For My Health. I walk to stay mobile and to stay healthy. Like many people my age I have a few aches and pains, but I know it would be worse if I stopped moving. I also walk to keep my heart healthy. I walk at a rather brisk pace and recently learned that when I complete my entire route I have walked two miles. YEAH! I do not walk with the intention of losing weight, but I have dropped a few pounds recently. With less of me to haul up the hill I am enjoying walking even more. I also no longer arrive at the top panting and out of breath. 🙂
Quiet Time Surrounded by Beauty. I walk in the early morning. Most mornings are quiet around here. I might meet an occasional dog walker or person going down to the lake to fish, but many days it is just me. For about half of my walk I have the magnificent view of the lake. I can also hear the birds as I walk. This is a wonderful time to practice mindfulness by staying with the present moment as I walk.
I walk alone but if motivation is a problem for you recruit a friend, family member or even the family dog to go with you. The most important thing is to move.
Does your “daily walk” include a daily walk? There are many reasons to walk. What are a few of yours? Let me know in the comments below.