Thursday, 27 August 2015

Why I love to walk

You may or may not have realised through photo diary posts and such that I am an avid walker (when this post goes up I'll 100% be out on an early morning walk). I generally walk somewhere between 60-90km a week at the moment and I really wouldn't have it any other way. There are quite a few reasons why I love to walk, and so I thought I'd share them.

1. I like it.

Probably the simplest reason to do something. I just enjoy it. I like walking around and seeing things, and it feels like a good way to spend my free time.

2. It makes me feel good.

Walking is a good form of exercise, and if you walk at a fast pace like I do it can be beneficial to your health. I'm not really big into sports, so this is a good alternative. It keeps me healthy and active.

3. Freeing my mind.

It's nice to get up and walk away from work for a while. During exam season especially, I'll go for at least one long walk every day. I feel like it really helps mentally; no longer looking at books or at a screen, and simply seeing the things around you and feeling the air helps to feel calmer and to spend a little time not focusing on anything but yourself.

4. It reduces stress.

I feel like walking for an hour or two relieves a lot of the tension in my head and helps give you a chance to just breathe. The moment you walk out the door, you leave the stress behind and take a little while to relax.

5. Fresh air is best felt walking through it.

Sure, sitting outside to get a bit of fresh air is a good idea, but walking along and absorbing (kind of) that air feels like a cleansing process. Even if you walk way too fast and end up super sweaty, it feels like your soul is cleaner (for me at least).

6. Nature.

I love nature (especially trees). It's such a big part of the world and yet so often overlooked. A walk through a park can change your perspective on a lot of things: seeing trees so much taller than you; realising that the simplest plants are far more complex than they seem.

7. The escape.

More than anything, for me walking is a way to literally walk away and escape reality for a while. I put my earphones in and I just pay attention to myself for an hour or so. 'Me' time is very important, and I don't think many of us get enough of it.

8. There's nothing like an early morning walk.

When the sun's just up and the rest of the world is still sleeping, it's the most peaceful time. Especially on a Sunday. There is nothing better.

Do you enjoy walking? What are your favourite things about it?

Until next time.

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