A walk will do more good
“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” — Paul Dudley White
My own experience bears out the truth of Dr. White’s observation. I can’t say enough about how much walking helps me. It clears my over-stimulated brain, lifts my spirits and puts me in contact with my neighbors and my neighborhood. When I’m traveling, it shows me more about the place I am visiting than any tour ever could. It gives me time to enjoy music or books in audio format, and I’ve listened to unabridged versions of literally hundreds of books on my walks.
Besides all this, walking has helped keep my weight down, my cholesterol and blood sugar levels lower (I was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago) and has helped to remedy my lifelong problems with insomnia. And it actually ends up saving me a good bit of gas money when I regularly choose to walk to close destinations such as shops, the post office or the grocery store.
I didn’t start with five miles, of course. I started with one to two miles and worked up as I felt the immense benefits. Now it’s an important part of every day for me. Time rarely allows me more than two or three miles anymore, but I hope to work back up to five daily someday.
If you are among those of us who dislike weightlifting, gyms and exercise machines, try walking. For me, it’s been easier to stick to than any other form of exercise. It’s one of those rare opportunities to have great fun while improving my physical, mental and financial health. Spring is a great time get started!