Walking is one of those things that enhance personal growth, like getting enough sleep. I’ve been walking for over a month now, every day. I’ve only missed one day so far. It’s made a big difference in not just my physical fitness, but my emotional and spiritual wellbeing, too.
There’s something about the rhythm of walking that gets me in a meditative mood. Whenever I get particularly stuck on a problem, I’ve found over the last few years that going for a quick walk will usually result in a breakthrough, or at least some passably good ideas.
I hate treadmills, but I like walking outdoors, even when the weather isn’t ideal. In fact, my third day it was pouring rain. I grabbed my trusty umbrella, and walked anyway–the only consequence was the ankles of my jeans got wet, and I needed to change them when I got home. Big deal–buzz I got from sticking with my commitment was well worth it.
Like most other things that are good for you, simply starting is the hardest part. Not just starting a walking program, but starting each walk, is the toughest part. But once I’m actually moving, I’m always glad I stuck with it. After a month, the “I don’t feel like walking today” resistance is nearly gone.
If you have issues with depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the endorphins that you generate from walking can help stabilize your moods.
Walking has also become time that I spend catching up with family and friends on my cell. Experts recommend that maintaining a conversation is a good way to make sure you’re not overdoing it. Other times, I just spend the walk being with God and appreciating the outdoors.