Walking for the fun of it has always been one of my favorite things to do. It's why, even with a fenced-in yard for him to run around in, I walk our dog(s) twice a day, every day, rain or shine.
Every time I move to a new place, I like to set out by foot to explore what kind of treasures are available to me within walking distance. When I've lived in cities, this often meant locating coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants, or gems like the library and post office. Now that I live further outside the city, these treasures translate to hidden creeks, fields of flowers, and herds of deer.
I always take my phone for safety; sometimes I use my walking time as catch-up time on social media and other times I leave my phone in my pocket the entire time and solely pay full attention to the sights and sounds around me.
In addition to scratching my exploration itch, the benefits of getting these daily doses of fresh air are many. Walking is a form of exercise that is not only kind to your joints, but also free and accessible to practically every age and fitness level. It clears your mind and activates your muscles. It creates a change of scenery which can change your frame of mind.
Additionally, walking can:
Self-Care September Day 3: Take a Walk
I love you and I'll see you real soon!