“Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
‘Ride,’ Pleasure said;
‘Walk,’ Joy replied.”
As we’re so used to flying through everything we do in life, sometimes the very best thing that you can do for yourself, is to take a nice long walk, turn your phone off, and leave all distractions behind you. During these walks, you will find yourself deep in thought, considering a next move, wondering about a significant other, or just thinking about places you’d like to visit.
Sometimes during these walks, you’ll come to some pretty deep realizations about certain things that are going on within your life. The hardest thing to do is to fully immerse yourself in the ways in which you truly view yourself, not just physically but emotionally.
This is also a wonderful time to invest in your breath, and allow your breathing to take control of your movement. As we speed up, take a bigger inhale, and a longer exhale and really push your lungs capacity.
Walk up a steep hill and embrace the slight intensity within your movement, taking not that your mind is absorbing the scenery around you, and your heart is feeling the pulse of the beauty beneath your feet.
It’s an interesting scenario because during these times, you should not have anything else to say, and you should only listen to what your mind is telling you and where it’s going. No matter the process, it will always take you to a profound place if you allow it.
When we can escape the everyday grind, the nine to five craziness, with just a simple walk, you’d be surprised at how much better you will feel when life starts to pile up and you need a good release. Some people do yoga, some people powerlift, but whatever you choose to do, always know that a walk can supplement any training modality through and through.
With this weather shifting into summer territory, now even more is the best time to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Before we had cellphones and cars, people walked everywhere and did not rely on anything but their own two feet to get them to where they needed to go.
Take a page from that book and apply it everyday. There is a lot of life to live, so get on living