The Argument for Taking More Walks

If you’re not walking, you’re missing out on more than you might think

Darren Matthews
Thought Thinkers

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A tease of some the lavender and magenta coloured flowers I see when walking.
Photo by Bernd 📷 Dittrich on Unsplash

Upon reaching fifty, my doctor suggested running wasn’t for me.

The pain in my left knee agreed. He said, “You need to change your exercise to something that doesn’t cause impact pain. Cycling, swimming, or walking are ideal and won’t aggravate your knee.”

Walking appealed to me, as I had walked miles as a kid. As a scout, I did a lot of walking, including several eighty-mile walks. I didn’t need to return to that level. But, living near Snowdonia in the UK made for a great place to walk.

So, as often as I could, I would begin each day with a walk.

Not miles, you understand. I walk two or three each morning — providing the weather is kind. It’s said there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. While true, I didn’t have the kit to support the point. So, I’m a fair-weather walker.

The exercise is good and is far better than I expected. Not only am I free of muscle strains and sore knees, but I’m also sleeping better. I’ve lost a few pounds, too.

To my surprise and delight, my mind has even benefited.

I notice things.

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Darren Matthews
Thought Thinkers

Following my curiosity — which is decision-making — and sharing what I learn along the way