Just keep walking My last post got me thinking how much I love walking… or what a difference walking has made to me.
A few years ago, a had a stress-related breakdown so I took some time out and during that time I started walking and well I haven’t stopped since.
A few years later I moved back to my parents’ house and they live in Arbroath so everyday I found myself wanting to walk to the sea. Never any sense of a direct route but always ended up at the beach just watching the waves. Each time just getting more ambitious, competing against myself, challenging myself to walk to the next town or to a different landmark.
Then with moving to London I found myself exploring London on foot. Last summer I would wake-up and pick a landmark or a part of London I wanted to see and just walk there. Some days covering 7 miles.
It’s only with self-quarantine I realised how much walking means to me. Not being able to go for walks made me see the benefits walking brings me. It benefits my health and fitness but it is also time for me to evaluate, think about things in my life and find solutions if needed but most importantly it’s good for my mind, it frees me from the distractions of my phone, my computer and television. It’s just pure me time.
Now you might not be into exercise but I encourage you to get out during this time and have a wee walk or a long walk and just take that time for you.
My top tips are
- listen to good music… it keeps you going
- travel light don’t weigh yourself down with bags and extra clothes
- do not disturb – where possible put your phone on airplane mode I carry my phone so I can listen to music and take pictures but I don’t want to chat to people or message.
- take pictures. You always find something cool along the way so why not remember it.
Just give it a try