Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health, not just physically but also mentally. Just by walking 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and relax yourself body and mind. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or to any contact with others.
We live in a culture that honors Type A, driven behaviors. That includes exercise and for many people, it’s taken away the joy out of simply walking. Instead of seeing walking as something you must do to get in shape, see it as a gift of being alive and let yourself fully enjoy the experience.
1. Walk with deep awareness of how it feels to move your body.
2. Experience the act of walking as if you’ve never, ever done it before.
3. Be aware. Be present in the moment. Really feel your body as you’re moving.
4. Pay attention to how your feet feel with each rolling step on the earth.
5. Notice the strength and power in your muscles.
6. Feel yourself moving in space.
7. Observe the wind on your skin and the temperature of the air.
8. Have a beauty feast while you’re out. Notice the light coming through the leaves. See the flowers with fresh eyes.
9. Take a fresh look at the world as you move through it. Assume nothing. Experience the wonder of life as if you’ve never seen anything before. Watch the people as if you’d never seen a human before.
Let walking become a cherished and enriching part of your life. Turn it into something wonderful that you look forward to with both body and soul.