Anatomy and Benefits of Walking
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir (1838 – 1914)
Walking is a basic expectation of human beings. We walk upright in a bipedal fashion. If this is taken from us due to injury or debilitating muscle, joint or nerve disease, our lives’ are changed.
We must maintain our health physically and mentally for well-being. Walking provides this through exercise. The benefits of walking can be found many ways. It can be a hike, walking the dog, or a power walk.
Walking can also be therapeutic. It may be a meditative walk, a walk with a loved one on the beach, or a walk along a stream(preferably fly fishing).
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau
A close friend, and inspirational figure in my like, lost the ability to walk early in his life. Confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life he continued to “walk” with his arms. He would compete in his chair, crank with his arms for exercise, or just push along a boardwalk for relaxation.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
There are a few points that I must impress:
- There is no excuse to avoid the many benefits of walking.
- We must appreciate this ability to walk. If we do not, We lose our independence, and place burden on those we love.
So get up, go for a walk, and take a deep, deep breath.
Get off the well beaten path.
Get outdoors and walk.