by Stephanie H., Sprague Branch
One of the habits that I picked up during the pandemic was walking. Before the pandemic, whenever I felt restless or bored or just wanted to get out of the house, I would go to a store and wander around. The problem with this of course was that I would usually end up buying something, or feel the desire to buy something even if I did not need anything. In a capitalist society, we are continually bombarded with pressure to buy more. Walking outside changed this for me, I began to notice the seasonal shifts throughout the weeks and months, I began bird watching and I also got to discover many hidden gems throughout Salt Lake City.
While walking is a physical activity, I allow myself to go at a comfortable pace, it is not about exerting myself. Sometimes I walk by myself, usually listening to a podcast and sometimes I go on walks with my friends or my wife. Going on walks with another person gives us time to enjoy each other’s company without distractions.
I have found that since starting this habit, anytime I am facing a crisis or stressful situation, a walk can help me put my thoughts into perspective.
Here are some tips I have for getting into a walking routine:
A few books on walking that I recommend:
52 Ways to Walk: The Surprising Science of Walking for Wellness and Joy, one week at a time by Annabel Streets
Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit
How To Walk – Thich Nhat Hanh
In Praise of Paths: Walking through time and nature – Torbjørn Ekelund
The City Library encourages a respectful and focused dialogue on blog posts. Comments must be reviewed by a blog administrator. User comments represent the views and interpretations of the patron, not necessarily those of The City Library.
Blog posts are written by our Teen Librarians and, in some cases, teens like you. Visit your About page to learn more about our Teen Librarians.