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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blogspiration: 5 Reasons to Go for a Walk

"Walking is life at its most immediate. The combination of people and places changes constantly and never repeats." Joseph Scher


That line stuck out to me while reading this New York Times "Opinionator" piece three years ago. The author is referring to the experience of walking on a crowded New York City sidewalk, but I think it describes small-town strolls or quiet hikes equally well. While cycling gives me the rush of moving fast, walking helps me feel rooted and connected.

So why should you go for a walk, right now? Use these five reasons to get on your feet and out the door:
  1. Improve your mood. We've heard it from the experts for years—regular exercise can help relieve anxiety and stress. While you'll only get that "runner's high" from an intensive cardio workout, a brisk walk around the block can do wonders to relax your muscles, improve your energy level, and boost your confidence. 
  2. Love your body. There are few things more satisfying than feeling a gentle ache in your muscles after a long city walk or a challenging outdoor hike. You're making yourself stronger and healthier, and that's something to be proud of.
  3. See something new. I've discovered some of my favorite stores, caf├ęs, and parks by taking a new path. If you need to escape your thoughts for a while, new sights can provide a good distraction. 
  4. Take a break. Step away from that bad day at work, that fight with a loved one, or that horrendous case of writer's block. Walk it off, listening to music or taking in the sounds around you. I find that some of my best work comes after a long walk around New York City.
  5. Go alone or with a friend. Connect with your friends, family, or partner. Relish your alone time by setting your own pace and path. Walking fits almost any situation.
Need a bit more convincing? Check out Every Body Walk, a "campaign to get America moving."
    Blogspiration is a new meme hosted jointly by GrowingUp YA and saz101.

    8 comments:

    1. Aaaahhhh!!! You're so right!! As a New Yorker, I absolutely agree. I really love this so thank you for posting :D

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      1. Thanks, Kristin! Even though those NYC sidewalks can sometimes get stressful, I can't stay away.

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    2. Or, Sara, this is GOOOOOD! I mean, sidewalk walking is fine, but when you have somewhere even more amazing to walk? Even more AMAZING.
      I moved in next door (literally next door) to my best friend the end of last year, and we keep talking about walking, but we haven't actually done it... oooh, I am so going to start walking. GREAT post! ♥

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      1. It's even better when you have a friend! I love the walks when you barely notice where you've gone, simply because you're having such a fun conversation.

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    3. This is a great post! I want to go now but it's raining. Booo...

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    4. Lovely post, Sara! This is exactly one of the reasons why I can't wait to move into our new house...there's two parks and two walking trails right nearby and the Geekling and I will have too much fun getting out and being able to walk daily!

      Have a good week!
      Ree @ Literary Obsession

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      1. Thank you, Ree. Walkable spaces make all the difference, and I've actually been mulling over the lack of those spaces lately. Where I grew up, it was so dangerous to walk on the road, and there weren't many parks within close driving distance. I'm so lucky now. What can people do when there aren't safe places to walk?

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