Benefits of Walking
We can take many things for granted, like walking. I am reminded of this today as I can barely get out of my chair. I injured my lower back moving heavy boxes and plants this weekend. I have a renewed enthusiasm for walking around when my back heals. This is one thing I won’t take for granted again for a LONG time.
Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. We become unconscious of it as we get busy with work and chores. Just think of all the benefits of taking a break and walking even a few blocks a day, not only for our health but for our spirit. As we walk, we connect with mother earth. If the weather permits you can get your much needed vitamin D from the sunshine and you can also build up leg muscles that will assist you in burning calories. If your weather is frightful, then you can walk on a treadmill or walk the halls of the mall.
- We can allow ourselves the time to stop and smell the roses.
Taking time to simply notice our breath while we walk will help us become more thankful that we can breathe and if you practice breathing mindfully, you can gain a sense of calm and tranquility. The problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the “now.” You can’t be worried about your problems at the same time you are enjoying a beautiful bird song or watching a squirrel run up a tree with an acorn in his mouth.
Taking a few moments to walk each day and become more aware of what we take for granted will open the door for the beauty of the world around us to come in. We all need to experience more beauty in our lives so do yourself a favor and make a commitment to yourself today!