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A Walk Every Day

Fall leaves in the neighbourhood – https://www.kimwerker.com
A Walk Every Day

I’m in the midst of a few months of restricted activity due to some medical shenanigans, and my first question I asked after my doctor told me I need to avoid cardio exercise and lifting more than a grocery bag was, “Can I go for walks? Like, for an hour? Or more?”

Thankfully, his answer was yes. I can walk for as long as I’d like.

Since I got into the habit of running this fall, training for a 5k, one of the things I knew might happen but still delighted me when it did was that I’d come to rely on my runs for my mental health. That hour spent purely in pursuit of a made-up goal became an unexpected highlight of my day. Three or four times a week, I got up and out, and it made everything better. My mind felt clearer, my body felt stronger.

Being forced to take it easy is frustrating and disappointing, especially because I was this close to being ready for the 5k.

But at least I can take long walks. And so I have been, every day.

I walk by myself, but I see these walks as being as important to my general life as artist Austin Kleon describes the walks he takes with his family every morning. (I also can’t make it to Creative Mornings – the talks happen too early to accommodate dropping my kid off at school.)

Not only will my body heal while I stroll around the woods and my neighbourhood, my mind will stay healthy, too.

A Walk Every Day
A Walk Every Day
A Walk Every Day
A Walk Every Day

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Carina

Get well soon and keep walking! <3 Carina.

Sandy

I have to fight myself to get up and go, but once I’m out for a walk I love every minute of it! So healing on every level. It helps that I live in a beautiful area…so much motivation to take photos!

Anne

We got a new dog a few months ago and I take him for a walk every day after work, rain or shine! And I do two walks with him on the weekends. I am feeling so much better for it, both physically and mentally. I hope you’re feeling better soon!

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