Walking For Pleasure
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
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