The Multilayered Benefits of Walking Outside

Are you looking for an enjoyable and exhilarating way to build strength and endurance, without being bound to a rigid exercise regimen?  Your answer is right outside your front door.  Slip into something comfortable, lace up your sneakers, and let’s go for a walk.  Studies have shown that if you walk at a brisk pace, you can get an excellent cardiovascular workout.  

I have a gym membership.  But there’s no way I can last more than 15-20 minutes on the elliptical machine, and I won’t even get on a treadmill—it’s just super boring!  But provide me an opportunity to pump a path and I’ll be on it for as long as I want. Why? Because I’m connecting with the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees. Walking in nature is one of my favorite pastimes—it’s my spiritual supplement.  I know that I’m getting a great workout, but it’s so delightful and refreshing that it doesn’t seem like “work” at all.

There are certain weight-bearing exercises that I need to do regularly in order to build bone density.  And I do like to mix up my fitness routine with yoga, Pilates, machines and sports.  But nothing compares to my alfresco walking adventures.  I love being outdoors communing with nature, whenever the weather permits.  

I savor my three-mile power treks, but I suggest you go at your own pace. Adjust your speed, timing and distance to your ability level.  A 20-minute stroll in the great outdoors can work wonders for your body, mind and spirit.  Poet Wallace Stevens said, “Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

Each season offers a fresh, new landscape to interact with.  Coo along with the mourning doves on your summer hikes.  Feast your eyes on the vibrant display of colors during your spring and fall expeditions.  Marvel at the peaceful silence, as you venture out on the first snow of winter.  Inhale the bouquet of natural aromas year-round. This experience doesn’t exist anywhere else.

Take a hike and reap the multiple layers of benefits that walking in nature provides.

Consider This  

When life gets you down, as it sometimes will, spending time in nature can provide renewed energy and fresh perspectives.  Sometimes just taking a five-minute walking break outdoors can help to ease the burden.  Complimentary, natural therapy is available under the trees, so leave your cares behind and find peace of mind—outdoors.

Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish

• Set a loving intention to take a walk in nature this week.

• Begin with at least 20 minutes and observe the difference in your overall health, attitude, energy level, and productivity.  

• How will taking a brisk walk support your body, mind and spirit?

• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.

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In love, peace and health--

Your feminine glow guide,

T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.

Motivational Speaker

Certified Holistic Health Coach

Lifestyle120.com

When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.

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