This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!
When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them — as if the legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon — I think that they deserve some credit for not having all committed suicide long ago.
-Henri David Thoreau
One of the most undervalued skills you can have to improve your overall health is the ability to take long walks for no reason whatsoever.
There are numerous benefits to walking that have been studied. Improvements in blood glucose control, hormone regulation, increases in your cardiovascular system, mood improvement, the moving of your lymphatic system to flush out toxins and a host of others, it goes on and on.
Travelling through Asia these last few months I have seen a general lack of appreciation for the art of the walk, everyone seems to be obsessed with using their scooters to get around. Due to this congestion, taking walks becomes difficult to accomplish even when you want to unless you’re in a good location.
I was able to take two long walks down along the water today and it felt glorious. Seeing the sun and the moon glint off the water, the sway of the trees, that serenity that comes when you are simply moving for movement’s sake. I immediately began to think of how to continue the next chapter in the novel I am writing, something I have been stuck on now for a week.
Walking frees the mind to wander, and in that wandering, you almost inevitably come face to face with the creative spirit we all hold inside ourselves.
I shall name mine Wilson.
Everyone say hello to Wilson, he is shy but is quite playful once you get to know him.
Wilson and I will be working hard together to post more and be awesome, wish us luck.