Wednesday 5 April 2017

Lets Go For a Walk

I am fortunate enough to be living in the English country side and have the privilege of walking in the woods or around fields every single day. I have come to realise that I absolutely love walking and it has become a sacred ritual for me. If I could, I would walk every single day for at least half-an-hour. If for some crazy reason (read British weather) I can't walk on some days, I make sure that I get some fresh air at least 3-4 times a week.

It allows me to get close to nature and getting close to nature is incredibly healing and energising. It is a great form of gentle exercise and if on a busy day you are not able to squeeze a workout in, just go for a walk. You won't burn as many calories but you will definitely feel loads better for it!

Going for a walk always clears my mind. When I have a problem and can't seem to find the solution, I leave it and go for a walk. The answer comes to me effortlessly and usually when I am walking or right after it! I get loads of inspirational ideas and insights when I am walking.

If you are upset, anxious, sad or depressed going for a walk really helps. Sometimes when you are walking and close to nature, let out a cry. It feels like a big burden has been lifted off of your shoulders. Share your sorrows with nature, it feels wonderful!

There are so many benefits of walking and some of them are mentioned down below.
  • It brings instant happiness & joy
  • It makes you feel alive
  • It recharges your body and your soul. Every time I go for a walk, I come back feeling energised and invigorated.
  • I don't exactly know what magic happens when you walk but walking activates inspiration and creativity. I get most of my creative ideas whilst walking.
  • Lets not forget the health benefits of walking. It lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis... the list is endless. Reports indicate that daily walking could add up to 7 extra years to your life!
  • For me being close to nature and walking is like mediation in motion. I consciously focus on my breathing whilst walking. My breaths are not shallow. And it is during this time that I feel highly connected with everything and everyone. It makes me feel at one with the planet, the universe, the source energy.
I would highly recommend that you make walking a regular habit. Even if you live in a crowded city, I am sure there will be parks around and just taking out half-an-hour from your day is enough to reap the benefits of walking. Being close to nature and being in motion is so therapeutic! Try it, you won't regret it!


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